Fire in Indian industrial area kills three, injures 15

Gwen Vasquez
March 11, 2018

According to the police officials, the cause of the fire is suspected to be a blast occurred in a boiler room containing industrial solvent. As a few areas continued to burn, search and cooling operations began only around noon. They were later identified as Pintu Gautam, Janu Agaria, and Aloknath Agaria, all aged 30 and residents of Shiv Nagar in Boisar.

Police officer Manjunath Shinge said the bodies were recovered early today, hours after the fire erupted at the factory in Palghar district in Maharashtra state.

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

Rescue operations are underway to douse the fire and the entire area has been cordoned off by the authorities. These chemicals deal in high purity acid and acid anhydrides.

3 killed 15 injured in series of blasts and fire at chemical factory in Tarapur MIDC Palghar 2
Late night visuals from Tarapur MIDC

"It is clear that the said unit did not follow any safety precautions and due to an exothermic reaction, the blast occurred in the solvent drums". "The fire was too big to control".

The Indian Express reports that at least two people injured in the blast remain in critical condition. There were multiple explosions and fires reported, he added. Tarapur MIDC was the most important, as there are around 1,100 chemical units which store hazardous and flammable chemicals here.

Hindustan Times quoted the Palghar district collector who said at least 40 blasts were heard from the plant.

Nearby houses shook and window panes were shattered. Those injured were rushed to Thunga, Sanjeevani, Vikas, Anand and government rural hospital in Palghar. Tarapur Atomic Power Station, which is also located on the Boisar-Tarapur Road, is around 20 km away from the spot.

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