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Massive fire erupts at a chemical plant in India

Map of Mumbai India Five injured, three dead after fire breaks out in Maharashtra's Palghar chemical factory; rescue operations underway
Derrick Tucker | 11 March, 2018, 01:33

"There is a fire after boiler blast in the Boisar industrial estate".

The impact of the boiler blast was felt in the villages around 8 kms vicinity, he said. They were later identified as Pintu Gautam, Janu Agaria, and Aloknath Agaria, all aged 30 and residents of Shiv Nagar in Boisar.

The blaze spread to six other factories before it was controlled by firefighters, police said. The injured have been admitted to hospitals, Shinge said. "The fire has come down, but few areas are still burning". The site manufactures specialty chemicals and cosmetic preservatives dealing in high purity acid and acid anhydrides.

It said several drums containing chemicals exploded at the factory.

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Four surrounding chemical units - belonging to Prachi Industries (manufacturing iodine), Bharat Rasayan, Arti Industries (manufacturing vitamins), Unimax and others - were either partially or completely destroyed. "The fire was too big to control. All precautionary measures are now in place", Palghar police superintendent Manjunath Singhe told The Indian Express.

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

Locals claim at least 22 tankers, of varying capacity between 100-200 liters, burst due to the fire in all the factories. The MIDC area has over 1,100 highly flammable units.

"The blast was so massive, windows in police station shattered". The injured were hospitalized. 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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