3 dead, 15 hurt in fire at Boisar

3 dead, 15 hurt in fire at Boisar

3 dead, 15 hurt in fire at Boisar

Deputy chief fire brigade officer, Milind Ugale, said, "The first blast had occurred in the reactor of one of the chemical companies". Ltd (NSPL), a chemical company, around 11.15 p.m. on Thursday, Palghar Police Control official Pramod Pawar said.

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

The blast took place Thursday night inside a boiler of the factory at Boisar-Tarapur industrial estate in Palghar district, about 150 km north of Mumbai, the capital city of Maharashtra. The industrial solvent has burst under an environment of high temperature and pressure causing the huge explosion, the police investigations indicated.

"The fire has been controlled.cooling operations were continuing and search and rescue is continuing", said, Manjunath Singe, superintendent of police.

The blast was so deafening that it was heard in a radius of 10 km.

The causality feared many who thought it was an quake that rushed to the streets and sat there.

Hundreds presumed the explosions, "sounding like a huge bomb", was an quake, and rushed out on to the streets. The three deceased, identified as Pintu Kumar Gautam, Janu Adaria and Alok Nath suffered severe blast impact.

Novaphene Specialities' head office is located in Dahisar and is owned by the Shah Group which has been manufacturing acid chlorides, reagents, personal cosmetic care, pharmaceutical intermediates and other products for the past five decades. District collector Prashant Narnaware said prima facie it appears that the solvent plant did not follow safety precautions. The MIDC area has over 1,100 highly flammable units.

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