The fire tenders were trying to extinguish the fire that was rapidly spreading in the surrounding areas. "All chemical factories", said a press update from the Palghar police.
All fire brigade and police staff have been advised to wear masks. Reports suggest that the explosion was caused because a boiler containing industrial solvent burst under high temperature and pressure.
The blast was so deafening that it was heard in a radius of 10 km.
The impact of the explosion that left at least a dozen people injured was felt in the villages around 8 km vicinity, reports said.
The blast occurred around 11.15 p.m.
Workers in neighbouring factories claim several labourers were working in the factory where the blast occurred at night. It took nine fire engines five hours to control the fire after which cooling operations began.
Novaphene Specialities' head office is located in Dahisar and is owned by the Shah Group which has been manufacturing acid chlorides, reagents, personal cosmetic care, pharmaceutical intermediates and other products for the past five decades. Within 15 minutes, the fire spread to around one acre. Prachi Ltd is an iodine salt manufacturer, while Aarti Drugs manufactures vitamins and antibiotics. The entire building shook and everything fell around us. The blaze has reportedly engulfed two nearby factories, too. "Nobody has died so far", the IE quoted Manjunath Singhe, Police superintendent of Palghar, as saying. There were multiple explosions and fires reported, he added. At least three others are critical and undergoing treatment. Palghar district collector Prashant Narnaware, who reached the site on Friday, told ANI that "Our work of rescue is still continuing". The MIDC area has over 1,100 highly flammable units.
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