A powerful blast followed by a massive fire ripped through a private chemical manufacturing company in the Tarapur MIDC area late Thursday night in Maharashtra's Palghar district, killing three and wounding at least twelve others.
Some reports suggest that a blast in one of the boiler rooms was the main cause behind the explosion.
"Around 11:30 pm, we came to know about the incident. Police machinery, revenue machinery and health machinery geared together and they contributed their best to extinguish the fire. Our work of rescue is still continuing," Palghar District Collector Prashant Narnaware told ANI.
During the search operation, three unidentified dead bodies were found at chemical factory Arti Industries, said an official. There may be more casualties, he added.
"Fire has come down, but few areas are still burning. Six factories were affected by fire. Novaphene, Unimax, Prachi, Arti, Bharat Rasayan, Darbar. All chemical factories," he said.
The five labourers who sustained injuries were rushed to a nearby hospital and are believed to be out of danger.
The three persons who lost their lives in the blaze have been identified as- Pintu Kumar Gautam, Janu Adaria and Alok Nath.
ANI (@ANI) March 9, 2018
(With inputs from Saurabh Vaktania and Mustafa Shaikh)