Three dead, several injured in blast at chemical plant near Mumbai

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Police say a fire that started in a chemicals factory spread to three others in western India, killing at least three workers and injuring 13. The fire then spread to adjoining factories, Aarti Drugs, Prachi Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd, Bharat Vasayan and Unimax. He spoke that "Revenue, police, fire and medical team are on the spot". The entire area has been cordoned off as teams are trying their best to extinguish the fire.

It said several drums containing chemicals exploded at the factory.

The blast was so deafening that it was heard in a radius of 10 km.

Local eyewitnesses said that the explosion, "sounding like a huge bomb" took place when many people were preparing to retire for the night.

"During the search operations this morning, three unidentified bodies were found inside one of the factories, Arti Industries, that was destroyed in the blaze". All injured were shifted to a private hospital in Boisar, the officials informed. Fearing it to be an natural disaster, people rushed to the streets. Rescue operations were mounted with the evacuation of people inside the buildings being given priority.

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As per reports, the factory manufactures speciality chemicals and cosmetic preservatives.

Palghar district collector Prashant Narnaware, meanwhile, said the owners of the unit will likely be booked for negligence. These chemicals deal in high purity acid and acid anhydrides. The cause of the fire will now be ascertained.

Tarapur Atomic Power Station, which is also located on the Boisar-Tarapur Road, is around 20 kilometres from the spot, he said.

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

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