3 killed, dozen injured in blast, fire in chemical factory in India

Lena Tucker
March 11, 2018

The fire, which spread to at least six other units in the area, occurred after a boiler containing industrial solvent burst under high temperature and pressure.

An official said that the impact of the boiler blast was felt in the villages around 8 kilometres vicinity. "Search and rescue operation is going on", the SP said.

The three deceased have been identified as Pintu Kumar Gautam, Janu Adaria and Alok Nath.

Senior civil and police officials besides disaster management teams have rushed to the spot.

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.

The fire tenders were trying to extinguish the fire that was rapidly spreading in the surrounding areas.

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). As per reports by NDTV, Prachi Ltd is an iodine salt manufacturer, while Aarti Drugs manufactures vitamins and antibiotics. "The fire was too big to control".

As per reports, the factory manufactures speciality chemicals and cosmetic preservatives. "Nobody has died so far", the IE quoted Manjunath Singhe, Police superintendent of Palghar, as saying.

"A detailed probe about the causes of fire would be carried out", said Boisar MLA Vilas Tare. Tarapur MIDC was the most important, as there are around 1,100 chemical units which store hazardous and flammable chemicals here.

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

The Tarapur Atomic Power Station is 20 km west of where the blaze occurred and was not affected by it, the MIDC official said.

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