At least three people were killed and 13 injured following a massive fire, caused by a powerful blast at a chemical factory in Tarapur’s Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) area late Thursday night. The fire, which spread to at least six other units in the area, occurred after a boiler containing industrial solvent burst under high temperature and pressure. Rescue operations are underway. Officials from the police and fire department and medical teams are at the site.
The deceased have been identified as Pintu Kumar Gautam, Janu Adaria and Alok Nath from aarti drugs Ltd. Palghar police superintendent told The Indian Express, “Fire has come down, but few areas are still burning. Six chemical factories–Novaphene, Unimax, Prachi, Arti, Bharat Rasayan, Darbar–were affected by fire. During the search operation, three dead bodies were found at Arti industries site. There may be more casualties. Search and rescue operation is going on.”
The blast occurred at around 11.10 pm in Novaphene Specialties Private Limited in E-107 unit of MIDC. According to locals, at least 22 tankers, of varying capacity between 100-200 litres, burst due to the fire. Read More See photos