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

11 March, 2018, 01:33 | Author: Rolando Keller
  • Top officials have reached the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation area in Tarapur and are working on to doze fire

According to the reports the fire has erupted in the Ramedeo Chemicals plant which is located in Palghar district of Maharashtra state. Six factories were affected by fire.

Preliminary reports revealed that the blasts occurred in 25 drums containing 200 litres each of solvent at Novephene Specialities' plant in Boisar MIDC at around 11.15 pm. As of Friday morning police, fire, revenue and health personnel were on the spot and carrying out search & rescue operations.

"The reverberations of the blast were strongly felt in 8-10 kilometre radius".

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The causality feared many who thought it was an natural disaster that rushed to the streets and sat there. They were later identified as Pintu Gautam, Janu Agaria, and Aloknath Agaria, all aged 30 and residents of Shiv Nagar in Boisar.

Manjunath Singe, Superintendent of Police, Palghar said, "During the search operation, three unidentified dead bodies were found at Arti industries site". 14 persons were injured in the blasts, and more casualties were possible, a source said. All injured were shifted to a private hospital in Boisar, the officials informed.

Tarapur Atomic Power Station, which is also situated on Boisar-Tarapur Road, is around 20 km from the spot, he added. The cause of the fire will now be ascertained. The fire then spread to adjoining factories, Aarti Drugs, Prachi Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd, Bharat Vasayan and Unimax. Tarapur MIDC was the most important, as there are around 1,100 chemical units which store hazardous and flammable chemicals here. Collector Narnavre said: "The Department of Industrial Safety was formed to look into industrial compliances post last year's industrial fire incident in Wada Taluka, Palghar".

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