Massive fire erupts at a chemical plant in India

A massive fire broke out at a chemical factory in Tarapur MIDC killing three and injuring five workers. Reuters

The fire has spread to other companies adjacent to the company and details about casualty is yet to be ascertained, he added.

Rescue operations are underway to douse the fire as the entire area has been cordoned off.

The blast took place Thursday night inside a boiler of the factory at Boisar-Tarapur industrial estate in Palghar district, about 150 km north of Mumbai, the capital city of Maharashtra. They were later identified as Pintu Gautam, Janu Agaria, and Aloknath Agaria, all aged 30 and residents of Shiv Nagar in Boisar.

People those who are injured are admitted to a local hospital.

Firefighters from surrounding areas have been called in to help control the fire, which has spread over 0.4 ha, The Times of India reports.

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The first blast occurred in a unit used by Novaphene Specialties, The Indian Express reports. Collector Narnavre said: "The Department of Industrial Safety was formed to look into industrial compliances post last year's industrial fire incident in Wada Taluka, Palghar". On Friday, the Palghar police confirmed that three dead bodies were found at the accident spot in the nearby Arti Drugs factory premises, which fire brigade personnel had entered for cooling operations. "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,"?Narnaware said.

The causality feared many who thought it was an quake that rushed to the streets and sat there.

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

Tarapur MIDC has around 1,100 chemical units which store hazardous and flammable chemicals.

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