Dombivli, Maharashtra: Two persons were killed and over 80 were injured in an explosion which tore through a chemical factory in Dombivili near Mumbai today.
The incident occurred around 11 am when cylinders exploded, leading to a fire in the manufacturing unit of Herbert Brown Pharmaceutical & Research Laboratories at the MIDC Industrial Complex in Thane district.
According to an eyewitness, window panes in several adjoining buildings were shattered due to the intensity of the blast.
More than a dozen fire engines were rushed to the spot to douse the flames, District Disaster Control Officer Dinesh Kurhade said.
The injured workers were rushed to various hospitals.
“Saddened to know about the unfortunate & tragic incident that took place at Dombivali,” Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said in a tweet, adding that he had directed the police and local authorities to speed up relief operations.
Further on, he mentioned in another tweet:
We are constantly in touch with the local administration and we would leave no stone unturned in our efforts & relief operation.(3/3)— Devendra Fadnavis (@Dev_Fadnavis) May 26, 2016
We are constantly in touch with the local administration and we would leave no stone unturned in our efforts & relief operation.(3/3)
— Devendra Fadnavis (@Dev_Fadnavis) May 26, 2016
Thane Guardian Minister Eknath Shinde said all efforts were being made to expedite rescue operations and ensure proper medical care to those injured. He said the cause of the explosion would be probed.
Thane District Regional Disaster Management Cell in-charge Santosh Kadam said rescue operations were affected because of the fire in the company premises. Hence, it was not immediately known how many persons were trapped inside, he said.
At least 15 ambulances were rushed to the site, he added.
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