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Maharashtra : Fire breaks out at chemical factory in Tarapur

10 March 2018
Maharashtra : Fire breaks out at chemical factory in Tarapur

Further details are awaited and senior civil and police officials, besides disaster management teams, have rushed to the spot.

The fire has spread to other companies adjacent to the company, Manjunath Singe, Superintendent of Police, Palghar told news agency PTI. There is a fire after boiler blast in the Boisar industrial estate. "Six factories were affected by the fire". The injured were hospitalized.

Fire broke out in a chemical factory in Palghar, Maharashtra. Preliminary investigations indicate that a boiler containing industrial solvents may have burst under high temperature or pressure.

Shock-waves from the blasts could be felt within the 15 sq km radius from the spot in Palghar, Mahim, Boisar and surrounding areas. Manjunath Singhe, Palghar SP, said the number of casualties could up, adding that the search and rescue operation is now underway. "Although the fire is still blazes, it is now under control, and cooling operations have been taken up", he added.

The fire reportedly started in Novaphene Specialties private limited in E-107 unit. At least two injured remain in critical condition.

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.

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

A Boisar police station official said, "The blast was so massive, windows in police station shattered".

Tarapur Automic Power Station, which is also situated on Boisar-Tarapur Road is around 20 km away from the spot, he added.