A massive fire broke out in a chemical company in Khairane Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) on Wednesday. No one was injured the accident but the fire brigade officials had to face a tough time dousing the fire.
According to the police, the fire broke out at Rayani Inn Pvt. Ltd, around 4.55 pm and it engulfed the entire three-storey building soon. No one was within the premises when the incident occurred.
An employee noticed the fire from outside the firm and informed the fire brigade officials. Twelve fire engines from Vashi, Airoli and MIDC area reached the spot within a few minutes and it took the fire fighters almost three hours to douse the blaze.
“The company mainly manufactures chemicals and paints which are highly inflammable. They stored a large number of chemicals on the ground floor and all of those were gutted in the fire,” said Ram Deshmukh, senior police inspector from Turbhe police station.
The fire officials and the police are still unsure about the cause of the fire. “Though the fire has been doused, it is still impossible to enter the company’s premises because of the heat. So we have not been able to investigate what cause the fire,” said a fire officer. He added, “We have also not been able to reach out to the owner of the company yet. We will visit the building on Thursday morning when it cools down and inspect it.”
The officials, however, suspect that an electric short circuit could have set off the blaze.
When asked about the damage of property, Deshmukh said, “Almost 95% of their storage has been damaged in the fire. Several furniture have also been gutted. But, it is not possible for us to estimate the cost of the damaged products right now. Only a chemical analyst will be able to help us in that regard,” he said.