The blaze started after a massive explosion inside a boiler at a company named Ramedeo chemicals around 11.40 pm, an official said, adding there were no immediate details about any casualty in the incident. Around 25 fire engines from Boisar, Tarapur, Vasai-Virar, Thane and Bhiwandi rushed to the spot and battled for almost six hours before bringing the flames under control by 5.15 am. Police and medical teams are at the spot and the entire area has been cordoned off.
Three individuals are killed and 13 others are severely injured due to a massive fire erupted in a chemical plant in India last night (08 March).
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The loud blast was heard several miles away around midnight and many villagers rushed out of their homes in panic, the Indian Express newspaper reported.
The causality feared many who thought it was an natural disaster that rushed to the streets and sat there.
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Loyal eyewitnesses said that the explosion sounded like a bomb when they were preparing to retire for the night. Rescue operations were mounted with the evacuation of people inside the buildings being given priority. The 14 injured were admitted to a nearby hospital, of which at least two are said to be critical, and may have to be shifted to Mumbai. 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.
As per reports, the factory manufactures speciality chemicals and cosmetic preservatives. The cause of the fire will now be ascertained. There are around 1,100 chemical plants and additional 400-500 other factories in MIDC Tarapur.
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