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Death toll rises to 3 killed, fire fighting operation underway

Death toll rises to 3 killed, fire fighting operation underway

Fire tenders and disaster management teams were rushed to the spot soon after the fire broke out. The police, fire, and medical teams are on the spot to douse the fire, but the flames have spread to almost three neighbouring industries.

Deputy chief fire brigade officer, Milind Ugale, said, "The first blast had occurred in the reactor of one of the chemical companies". Novaphene, Unimax, Prachi, Arti, Bharat Rasayan, Darbar.

The Directorate of Industrial Safety and Health (DISH) at Vasai, will ascertain the cause of the fire and submit a report to the Boisar MIDC police, who have registered a case of an accident. Preliminary investigations indicate that a boiler containing industrial solvents may have burst under high temperature or pressure. The blasts led to tremors that were felt up to 12km from the periphery of the factories. Manjunath Singhe, Palghar SP said that the number of casualties could up, adding that the search and rescue operation is now underway. The injured have been admitted to hospitals, Shinge said. The 13 injured, three of them in critical condition, were hospitalized.

According to reports, locals believed that the explosion sounded like a "huge bomb".

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Scared and shaken, many mistook it for an natural disaster.

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. "I was in my house, which is five km from the spot and our window panes started shaking by the impact".

The Tarapur Atomic Power Station is 20 km west of where the blaze occurred and was not affected by it, the MIDC official said.


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