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G Mohiuddin Jeddy, Hindustan Times
Navi Mumbai, February 03, 2011
A major fire broke out at Buneesha Chemicals at Taloja in Navi Mumbai at 12.30pm on Wednesday. It took the firemen about six hours to contain the fire. The cooling process, however, continued late into the night. This comes less that a month after a massive fire broke out at the Indian Oil Corporation’s plant in the same area.

Buneesha Chemicals situated at J-37 in the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) area was engulfed by the fire within minutes.

Even as fire tenders rushed to the spot, the raging fire spread and engulfed the neighbouring Rachna Agro-Chemicals (J38).

Firemen, however, claimed to have prevented it from spreading to three other units — Modi Pharma Pvt Ltd (J39), Taloja Petrochemicals (J41), and DC Dyes (J43).

Raju Bhat, who works in the area, said: “We heard a loud blast at 12.30pm. When we came out of our offices, we saw Buneesha Chemicals completely engulfed in flames.”

Over 10 fire engines from Taloja MIDC, Rasayni, Khopoli, CIDCO, Kalyan, Dombivili, Thane, and all over Navi Mumbai were pressed into service.

The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained, said RB Patil, fire officer, Taloja, MIDC. “Buneesha Chemicals housed highly inflammable petroleum solvents in cans which was fodder for the fire.

The situation worsened as the fire spread to the other unit which housed acids, lubricants and liquid detergents,” he
said.

Patil said a thorough inquiry would be conducted into the incident.