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

Three people have died and 13 people are injured, three of them seriously, after a powerful blast followed by a massive fire ripped through a private chemical manufacturing company on Thursday night in Maharashtra’s Palghar, about 150 km from Mumbai.

Palghar Control police official Pramod Pawar said the blast took place around 11.15 pm in the chemical company’s plant.

“The blast, cause of which is not yet clear was so deafening that it was heard in a radius of 10 km, and houses and buildings were shaken,” Mr. Pawar told news agency IANS.

Fire engines were rushed to the spot and firefighting operation is on.

The blast is suspected to have occurred in a boiler room of Ramedeo Chemicals’ plant and efforts were on to douse the fire in the factory precincts.

The fire has spread to other companies adjacent to the company, Manjunath Singe, Superintendent of Police, Palghar told news agency PTI. There are chemical drums inside these companies, due to which the fire is spreading, he said.

Tarapur Atomic Power Station, which is also situated on Boisar-Tarapur Road is around 20 km away from the spot, he added.

Local eyewitnesses said that the explosion, “sounding like a huge bomb” happened when many were preparing to retire for the night.

However, scared and shaken by the explosion, many feared it was an earthquake and hundreds rushed out on to the streets and sat there.

However, scared and shaken by the explosion, many feared it was an earthquake and hundreds rushed out on to the streets and sat there.

At least 25 fire tenders from Vasai, Bhiwandi, Palghar, Tarapur Atomic Power Station (TAPS), Reliance Thermal, Dahanu, Thane, and Palghar have been pressed into service.

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 feeder has been shut, said an MSEDCL official.

SP Singe said the Directorate of industrial safety and health (DISH), Vasai, will ascertain the cause of the fire and submit a report to the Boisar MIDC police, who have registered a case of the accident.

Collector Narnaware said he had conducted meetings with concerned departments like MIDC and MPCB and instructed them to ensure safety.

Source
Hindhustan Times

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