Massive fire breaks out in Tarapur factory

Herbert Rhodes
March 11, 2018

The deceased were identified as Pintu Kumar Gautam, Janu Adaria and Alok Nath, all from Arti industries, said SP Palghar. Reports state that a total of six chemical factories were affected by the fire. All injured were shifted to a private hospital in Boisar, the officials informed.

Rescue operations are underway to douse the fire and the entire area has been cordoned off by the authorities. The plant manufactures speciality chemicals and cosmetic preservatives dealing in high-purity acid and acid anhydrides, which are organic compounds.

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Deputy chief fire brigade officer, Milind Ugale, said, "The first blast had occurred in the reactor of one of the chemical companies". Aarti Drug's staffer Sunil Yadav said he heard a loud explosion while he was working at night. "The fire was too big to control. Nobody has died so far", the IE quoted Manjunath Singhe, Police superintendent of Palghar, as saying. The blaze has reportedly engulfed two nearby factories, too.

According to locals, at least 22 tankers with varying capacities between 100-200 litres burst due to the fire. "We are probing and the guilty will be charged under relevant sections of the IPC and we may recommend the government to cancel the manufacturing licence of the guilty units", Prashant Narnaware, district collector, Palghar said, adding that it needs to be seen whether the security and safety guidelines were followed or not. The MIDC area has over 1,100 highly flammable units. "I was in my house, which is five km from the spot and our window panes started shaking by the impact", a Boisar police station official told the daily. The injured were hospitalized. 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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