Three killed after massive blaze at chemical factory
11 March, 2018, 01:35 | Author: Patty Aguilar
The fire engulfed the factory at around 11.40 pm after a massive explosion inside a boiler, a senior police official said. Four nearby chemical units - Bharat Rasayan, Arti Industries (a major pharma unit manufacturing vitamins), Unimax and others - were either partially or completely destroyed. Police and medical teams are at the spot and the entire area has been cordoned off.
Deputy chief fire brigade officer, Milind Ugale, said, "The first blast had occurred in the reactor of one of the chemical companies".
Eyewitnesses said the explosion, "sounding like a huge bomb", happened when many were preparing to retire for the night. Manjunath Singhe, Palghar SP said that the number of casualties could up, adding that the search and rescue operation is now underway.
The 13 injured, three of them in a critical condition, were taken to hospital.
The causality feared many who thought it was an quake that rushed to the streets and sat there.
As per reports, the factory manufactures speciality chemicals and cosmetic preservatives.
The collector added that aid was asked for controlling the fire from Vasai-Virar Municipal corporation, Tarapur Atomic Plant and Reliance thermal power station.
During the search operation, three unidentified dead bodies were found at chemical factory Arti Industries, said an official. Palghar district collector Prashant Narnaware, who reached the site on Friday, told ANI that "Our work of rescue is still continuing".
The fire reportedly started in Novaphene Specialties private limited in E-107 unit. Over 1,000 chemical units storing hazardous and flammable chemicals are located in the area.
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