Four men and one woman died in a blast in a chemical factory in Dombivli on Thursday. Several employees of the factories around Probace Enterprises, the location of the blast, as well as residents who live within a 1.5 m radius of the industrial area, were injured. At least 135 people were rescued and taken to eight hospitals in the vicinity.
According to Thane police, while 60 of the injured were taken to Icon Hospital, 18 were taken to AIMS, 19 to Shivam hospital, 15 to Shastrinagar hospital, seven to R R hospital, five to Fortis, five to Neptune hospital and two to Mamta hospital.
Of them, nine are in a critical condition, 67 have been admitted while the rest have been discharged. Mahesh Pande (22), Raju Shirgire (55) and an unidentified 35-year-old person were declared dead at the AIMS hospital.
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Neelam Dedhe died at Fortis hospital while Dyaneshwar Hazari died at Icon due to severe brain injury.
Dedhe was brought to RR Hospital in an unconscious condition and put on ventilator support.
According to a staffer, she had suffered head injury and was bleeding profusely.
“Her husband decided to discharge her and take her to Fortis Hospital,” said an official from RR Hospital.
According to a spokesperson from Fortis, she was brought in a critical condition and could not be saved.
While some of the hospitals stated there was a high incidence of head injuries and blood loss, others reported multiple facial cuts due to the shattering of window panes.
“Many of the patients have received stitches and it will take at least 10 days for the the injuries to heal,” said Dr Vipin Dubey of Icon Hospital.
Among the employees who suffered head injuries was 53-year-old Kunal Khot, who was working as a laboratory assistant in Herbert Brown.
“I don’t remember anything after the noise of the blast. I fell unconscious and the next thing I knew was that I was being taken to hospital. There were many other workers of my company who were also injured and have been taken to different hospitals,” said Khot.
Sanjay Ramugade, 39-year-old employee of S R Fragrances, suffered a cornea injury and poly trauma.
“At the time of the blast, I was working at the factory and suddenly many sharp glass pieces hit my right eye,” he said.
The injured also included Vilas Shinde, a police inspector from Manpada police who was taken to AIMS hospital.
“He had been helping the fire brigade officials in clearing out the debris. He complained of severe breathing problems since he was breathing in the toxic fumes at the site of the blast,” said police inspector Narayan Deshpande.
There were others like Namdev Mahadik, a local resident who was on his way home on his bike when he lost his balance.
“There was a loud noise followed by vibrations which caused my bike to topple over. I fell and fractured my leg,” said Mahadik.