Major fire breaks out in Maharashtra chemical company, 14 people injured

Cesar Mills
March 11, 2018

Police said the incident took place at Ramdeo Chemicals in the Boisar-Tarapur industrial estate.

Some reports suggest that a blast in one of the boiler rooms was the main cause behind the explosion.

The explosion happened around 11.15pm at Novaphene Specialities Pvt Ltd's plant where 25 drums containing 200 litres of solvent each were stocked in the open, Palghar district officials said. All chemical factories. During the search operation, three unidentified dead bodies have been found at Arti industries site. There may be more casualties, he added. "Search and rescue operation is going on". The deceased have been identified as Pintu Kumar Gautam, Alok Nath and Janu Adaria.

A massive fire broke out at a chemical factory in Tarapur, MIDC, killing three and injuring five workers. "Vibrations were felt till Palghar", a police official from Boisar police station said. Six factories were affected by fire.

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The first blast occurred in a unit used by Novaphene Specialties, The Indian Express reports.

The reverberations of the explosion were so intense that many people believed it was an quake and they stepped outside their homes late on Thursday night.

Four surrounding chemical units - belonging to Prachi Industries (manufacturing iodine), Bharat Rasayan, Arti Industries (manufacturing vitamins), Unimax and others - were either partially or completely destroyed.

"The fire spread quickly as neighbouring factories were also producing chemicals". District Collector Dr Prashant Narnaware was at the spot, along with fire brigade officials from Vasai, Bhiwandi, Palghar, the Tarapur Atomic Power Station (TAPS), Reliance Thermal, Dahanu, Thane and Palghar, said Manjunath Singe, superintendent of police.

Other reports by GizPress

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