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Five injured as fire breaks out at chemical factory in Palghar

Five injured as fire breaks out at chemical factory in Palghar

Even as firemen and disaster teams had rushed to the site, the blaze had quickly spread to at least five other chemical companies in the vicinity, Shinge said.

Firefighters from surrounding areas have been called in to help control the fire, which has spread over 0.4 ha, The Times of India reports. Preliminary investigations indicate that a boiler containing industrial solvents may have burst under high temperature or pressure. On Friday, the Palghar police confirmed that three dead bodies were found at the accident spot in the nearby Arti Drugs factory premises, which fire brigade personnel had entered for cooling operations.

The blast was so deafening that it was heard in a radius of 10 km.

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Local eyewitnesses said that the explosion, "sounding like a huge bomb" took place when many people were preparing to retire for the night. Manjunath Singhe, Palghar SP, said the number of casualties could up, adding that the search and rescue operation is now underway.

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. District collector Prashant Narnaware said prima facie it appears that the solvent plant did not follow safety precautions. Six factories- Novaphene, Unimax, Prachi, Arti, Bharat Rasayan, Darbar were affected by fire.

The fire reportedly started in Novaphene Specialties private limited in E-107 unit. Tarapur Atomic Power Station, which is also located on the Boisar-Tarapur Road, is around 20 km away from the spot. There are around 1,100 chemical plants and additional 400-500 other factories in MIDC Tarapur.


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