Three killed in Maharashtra factory blasts

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

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

The fire engulfed the factory around 11.40 pm yesterday after a massive explosion inside a boiler, a senior police official said. It is suspected that highly combustible chemical stocked in the factory led to the explosion that spread to three neighbouring units. Police, fire and medical teams were called in after the blast in Palghar's Tarapur town, and the entire area has been cordoned off as the forces try to extinguish the fire on Friday morning. Loyal eyewitnesses said that the explosion sounded like a bomb when they were preparing to retire for the night.

The dead bodies were found during the search operation.

The three deceased have been identified as Pintu Kumar Gautam, Janu Adaria and Alok Nath and all three suffered the impact of the blast.

The causality feared many who thought it was an quake that rushed to the streets and sat there. The injured factory workers were taken to the nearby government hospitals in Palghar.

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Fire controllers rushed to the spot and the operation is on. Fearing it to be an natural disaster, people rushed to the streets.

The first blast occurred in Novaphene Specialties Private Limited in E-107 unit of MIDC at around 11.10 p.m on Thursday.

The blaze spread to adjoining Aarti Drugs, Prachi Pharmaceuticals, Bharat Rasayan, Unimax Chemicals and Darbar Chemicals.

Tarapur Atomic Power Station, India's largest nuclear power station is also located on Boisar-Tarapur road and is just 20 kilometers away from the explosion spot.

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