Chemicals factory fire kills at least 3 in India, injures 13

Chemicals factory fire kills at least 3 in India, injures 13

Chemicals factory fire kills at least 3 in India, injures 13

At least 3 people were killed and 14 people were injured in a massive blast in the boiler of a chemical factory at Tarapur's Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) area of Palghar in Maharashtra.

The fire has spread to six chemical factories nearby at Tarapur, Palghar.

Rescue operations are underway to douse the fire as the entire area has been cordoned off.

According to the police officials, the cause of the fire is suspected to be a blast occurred in a boiler room containing industrial solvent.

The blaze gutted three other factories before it was controlled by fire engines, the Press Trust of India quoted Shinge as saying.

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. Pintu Kumar Gautam, Janu Adria, and Alok Nath are identified among dead.

The first blast occurred in a unit used by Novaphene Specialties, The Indian Express reports.

Palghar district collector Prashant Narnaware, meanwhile, said the owners of the unit will likely be booked for negligence. The fire then spread to adjoining factories, Aarti Drugs, Prachi Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd, Bharat Vasayan and Unimax. "If the units are found guilty, a recommendation will be made to the government to cancel their licences", he said.

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

Further details are awaited and senior civil and police officials, besides disaster management teams, have rushed to the spot. Over 1,000 chemical units storing hazardous and flammable chemicals are located in the area.

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