3 killed, dozen injured in blast, fire in chemical factory in India

3 Dead 13 Injured In Fire At Chemical Factory In Maharashtra's Palghar Blast Heard 10 Km Away

The fire engulfed the factory at around 11.40 pm after a massive explosion inside a boiler, a senior police official said. The fire then spread to adjoining factories, Aarti Drugs, Prachi Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd, Bharat Vasayan and Unimax. "The entire area is corned off. Teams are trying their best to extinguish the fire".

There are chemical drums inside these companies, due to which the fire is spreading, he said.

The blasts were so huge that it was heard up to 10 Kilometers.

Hundreds presumed the explosions, "sounding like a huge bomb", was an natural disaster, and rushed out on to the streets. Manjunath Singhe, Palghar SP said that the number of casualties could up, adding that the search and rescue operation is now underway.

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The 15 injured, three of whom are critical, have been admitted in three hospitals in Boisar, Singe said, adding that the number of casualties could go up. "Search and rescue operation is going on", Shinge told PTI.

Almost 30 to 40 loud explosions were heard by locals as they came out of their houses fearing an quake. The plant manufactures speciality chemicals and cosmetic preservatives dealing in high-purity acid and acid anhydrides, which are organic compounds. It quickly spread to nearby factories.

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

Palghar district collector Prashant Narnaware, meanwhile, said the owners of the unit will likely be booked for negligence. Tarapur Atomic Power Station, India's largest nuclear power station is also located on Boisar-Tarapur road and is just 20 kilometers away from the explosion spot. The MIDC site is host to 1,100 chemical plants.

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