3 killed, several injured in fire at chemical factory in Maharashtra

3 killed, several injured in fire at chemical factory in Maharashtra

3 killed, several injured in fire at chemical factory in Maharashtra

The blast, prima facie is suspected to have occurred in a boiler room and efforts were on to douse the fire in the factory precincts.

The explosion occurred on Thursday night, and was forceful enough to shatter windows in buildings as far as 3 km away, say local reports. "Search and rescue operation is going on". They were later identified as Pintu Gautam, Janu Agaria, and Aloknath Agaria, all aged 30 and residents of Shiv Nagar in Boisar.

Fire tenders and disaster management teams were rushed to the spot soon after the fire broke out.

The blaze spread to six other factories before it was controlled by firefighters, police said.

Palghar district collector Prashant Narnaware, meanwhile, said the owners of the unit will likely be booked for negligence. Four nearby chemical units - Bharat Rasayan, Arti Industries (a major pharma unit manufacturing vitamins), Unimax and others - were either partially or completely destroyed.

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As per reports, the factory manufactures speciality chemicals and cosmetic preservatives.

"A detailed probe about the causes of fire would be carried out", said Boisar MLA Vilas Tare.

"The fire spread quickly as neighbouring factories were also producing chemicals". Aarti Drug's staffer Sunil Yadav said he heard a loud explosion while he was working at night. The MIDC area has over 1,100 highly flammable units. Those injured were rushed to Thunga, Sanjeevani, Vikas, Anand and government rural hospital in Palghar.

As a precautionary measure, roads have been cordoned off, and power to 57 industrial units (20 high tension (HT) units and 37 low tension (LT) units) near the spot have been cut off as the two 11 KV each feeders have been shut, said an MSEDCL official.

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