Blasts, fire rip through chemical plants near Mumbai

A massive fire broke out at a chemical factory in Tarapur MIDC killing three and injuring five workers. Reuters

At least, three people were killed and 12 injured after an explosion inside a boiler of Tarapur Atomic Power Station, a chemicals factory in Maharashtra's Palghar district, on Thursday night. Ltd (NSPL), a chemical company, around 11.15 p.m. on Thursday, Palghar Police Control official Pramod Pawar said. A massive fire followed the blasts that ripped through a private chemical manufacturing company.

The blast is prima facie suspected to have occurred in a boiler room and efforts are on to douse the fire in the factory precincts.

"The fire spread quickly as neighbouring factories were also producing chemicals".

The dead bodies were found during the search operation. The three deceased, identified as Pintu Kumar Gautam, Janu Adaria and Alok Nath suffered severe blast impact.

The Directorate of Industrial Safety and Health (DISH) at Vasai, will ascertain the cause of the fire and submit a report to the Boisar MIDC police, who have registered a case of an accident.

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The fire then spread to five other factories, Unimax, Prachi, Arti, Bharat Rasayan and Darbari.

He asked the people to stay away from rumors. The police, fire, and medical teams are on the spot to douse the fire, but the flames have spread to almost three neighbouring industries. Police and medical teams are at the spot and the entire area has been cordoned off. The injured have been admitted to hospitals, Shinge said.

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.

Hundreds presumed the explosions, "sounding like a huge bomb", was an natural disaster, and rushed out on to the streets.

Almost 30 to 40 loud explosions were heard by locals as they came out of their houses fearing an quake.

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