Palghar Chemical Factory Fire: 3 Dead, Several Injured in Powerful Blast

A massive fire broke out at a chemical factory in Tarapur MIDC killing three and injuring five workers. Reuters

A massive fire broke out at a chemical factory in Tarapur MIDC killing three and injuring five workers. Reuters

The blast took place Thursday night inside a boiler of the factory at Boisar-Tarapur industrial estate in Palghar district, about 150 km north of Mumbai, the capital city of Maharashtra. The impact of the blast could be felt even 8-10 kilometres away from the site, shattering windows in buildings 3 km away, including the windows on the Boisar Police station.

Rescue operations are underway to douse the fire as the entire area has been cordoned off. The deceased have been identified as Pintu Kumar Gautam, Alok Nath and Janu Adaria.

A total of six factories, all dealing in chemicals, were affected by the blaze.

People those who are injured are admitted to a local hospital.

SP, Palghar, said, "Fire has come down, but few areas are still burning". These chemicals deal in high purity acid and acid anhydrides.

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

"The fire spread quickly as neighbouring factories were also producing chemicals". As per reports by NDTV, Prachi Ltd is an iodine salt manufacturer, while Aarti Drugs manufactures vitamins and antibiotics. "All precautionary measures are now in place", Palghar police superintendent Manjunath Singhe told The Indian Express. Three of them are said to be in a critical condition. Over 1,000 chemical units storing hazardous and flammable chemicals are located in the area. 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.

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