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Major fire breaks out in Maharashtra chemical company, 14 people injured

11 March 2018

Mumbai: Three people were killed and 13 others were injured after a massive fire broke out at a chemical factory in the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) area in Tarapur town of Palghar district late on Thursday night. There may be more casualties, he added. Reports inform that from Novaphene, the fire spread to adjoining factories- Aarti Drugs, Prachi Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd, Bharat Vasayan and Unimax. The search operations for suspected labourers who may be trapped inside will start after that. Initial reports suggest a boiler containing industrial solvent burst under high temperature and pressure. The deceased were identified as Pintu Kumar Gautam, Janu Adaria and Alok Nath, all from Arti industries, said SP Palghar. All injured were shifted to a private hospital in Boisar, the officials informed. The fire, that had spread to the other buildings, has been brought under control and efforts are on to douse it, the officer said. Collector Narnavre said: "The Department of Industrial Safety was formed to look into industrial compliances post last year's industrial fire incident in Wada Taluka, Palghar. We are probing and the guilty will be charged under relevant sections of the IPC and we may recommend the government to cancel the manufacturing licence of the guilty units,"?Narnaware said.

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

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Almost 30 to 40 loud explosions were heard by locals as they came out of their houses fearing an quake. 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. Police, fire, revenue and health personnel were at the spot carrying out rescue operations. The MIDC site is host to 1,100 chemical plants.

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Major fire breaks out in Maharashtra chemical company, 14 people injured