Fire breaks out in Mumbai rubber plant; 2 injured

The fire results in loss of crores of rupees, reports G Mohiuddin Jeddy.
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Updated on Oct 24, 2006 10:10 PM IST
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None | By G Mohiuddin Jeddy, Navi Mumbai

Two people were seriously injured after a massive fire broke out early on Tuesday morning at Unimers India Private Limited, a rubber manufacturing company in Turbhe TTC Industrial area of MIDC in Navi Mumbai.

The fire resulted in loss of crores of rupees.

Fire fighters battled for over 4 hours initially to contain the fire, which threatened to engulf the nearby chemical and oil companies.

Small fires due to heat continued to erupt till evening.

The fire broke out at 4.40 am in the finishing section of the company, where the packing process was on. Locals reported hearing a massive blast when the fire broke out. Smoke bellowing out from the company could be seen several kilometres away. 

15 fire tenders from Fire and Emergency Response Centre, MIDC (FERC), NMMC fire tenders from Vashi, CBD, Airoli, CIDCO tenders from Kalamboli and tenders from JNPT, HOCL Taloja and Herdillia were pressed into service to contain the fire. 

Said RT Mhatre, NMMC fire officer, "Our first priority was to prevent the fire from spreading to the nearby chemical industries including Herdillia Company, which shares a boundary wall with the company. The Indian Oil company plant too is close by." 

Informed Anand Parab, Fire Officer of FERC, "Several hazardous chemicals are used in the manufacturing process in the company. The fire broke out during the packing process in the finishing section plant. It then spread to the godown where large quantities of rubber stocks were kept. This further ignited the fire. There could have been a major disaster, but we succeeded in containing the fire. Even after the intial controlling, we had to remain at the plant till evening to ensure that the small fires that kept erupting did not cause any further harm." 

Nerul police said Dharmendra Om Prakash Misra (24), a resident of Kurla and Gajanan Narayan Thorat (21) of Juinagar, Nerul are said to be in a serious condition.

While they were initially admitted to Shree Hospital in Vashi, they were shifted later in the evening to Bhatia Hospital in Mumbai. The others Hanumant Bamne (35) and Bhanudas Hira Thakur received treatment at DY Patil hospital in Nerul.

Fire officer Parab said four more workers had received minor burn injuries. All the workers are reported to be contract workers. 

The company officials were not forthcoming with much information. In the morning they prevented the media from getting close to the site of the fire in the morning, stopping them at the company gate.

Attempts to speak to the officials on phone too failed.

Though an exact figure on losses is yet to be calculated, Fire Officer Parab said that the company officials had informed that it would be in crores of rupees.

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