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3 killed in Maharashtra factory fire

11 March 2018, 01:33 | Clyde Nash

Five injured, three dead after fire breaks out in Maharashtra's Palghar chemical factory; rescue operations underway

Map of Mumbai India

Fire started in chemical unit and soon spread to 5 neighbouring plants.

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. The industrial solvent has burst under an environment of high temperature and pressure causing the huge explosion, the police investigations indicated.

During the search operation, three unidentified dead bodies were found at chemical factory Arti Industries, said an official.

Almost 30 to 40 loud explosions were heard by locals as they came out of their houses fearing an natural disaster. Manjunath Singhe, Palghar SP said that the number of casualties could up, adding that the search and rescue operation is now underway.

Hundreds presumed the explosions, "sounding like a huge bomb", was an quake, and rushed out on to the streets.

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The three deceased have been identified as Pintu Kumar Gautam, Janu Adaria and Alok Nath and all three suffered the impact of the blast.

The flames also engulfed Bharat Rasayan, Aarti Drugs, Unimax Chemicals and Prachi Pharmaceuticals, which share a wall with Novaphene.

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

He said, "Around 11:30 pm, we came to know about the incident".

As per reports, the factory manufactures speciality chemicals and cosmetic preservatives. District Collector Dr Prashant Narnaware was at the spot, along with fire brigade officials from Vasai, Bhiwandi, Palghar, the Tarapur Atomic Power Station (TAPS), Reliance Thermal, Dahanu, Thane and Palghar, said Manjunath Singe, superintendent of police. There were multiple explosions and fires reported, he added. The MIDC site is host to 1,100 chemical plants.

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