3 killed and 15 injured in a Chemical Factory blast

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At least three people have been killed and several others have been injured after a massive fire broke out following an explosion in a chemical factory in Palghar.

"There may be more casualties".

Even as firemen and disaster teams had rushed to the site, the blaze had quickly spread to at least five other chemical companies in the vicinity, Shinge said. The explosion caused a major fire to break out.

Rescue operations are underway to douse the fire as the entire area has been cordoned off. All injured were shifted to a private hospital in Boisar, the officials informed.

"There is a fire after boiler blast in the Boisar industrial estate".

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The victims have been identified as Pintu K. Gautam, Janu Adaria and Alok Nath. District collector Prashant Narnaware said prima facie it appears that the solvent plant did not follow safety precautions. Six factories were affected by fire. Novaphene, Unimax, Prachi, Arti, Bharat Rasayan, Darbar. 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 license of the guilty units,"Narnaware told Hindustan Times". Our team has reached the spot with fire brigade, Manjunath Singe, Superintendent of Police, Palghar said.

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

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

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

The collector added that aid was asked for controlling the fire from Vasai-Virar Municipal corporation, Tarapur Atomic Plant and Reliance thermal power station.