Reactor blast causes fire in Navi Mumbai chemical factory; nine workers injured
Nearly 30 workers were in the factory — located at plot no D-16 near Balmer Laurie company in the MIDC industrial area — when the fire broke out.mumbai Updated: Dec 17, 2017 22:39 IST
Nine workers of a chemical plant were injured after a major fire engulfed it at Turbhe in Navi Mumbai on Sunday evening.
Sources said the fire started owing to a reactor blast. However, officials are yet to confirm the cause. Nearly 30 workers were in the factory — located at plot no D-16 near Balmer Laurie company in the MIDC industrial area — when the fire broke out.
Officials were trying to douse the flames at the time of going to press. Nine fire engines of the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC), MIDC Turbhe and MIDC Taloja were sent to the spot. According to an official from the NMMC fire department, it will take time to control the fire considering its intensity.
The Emergency Response Station at Pawane MIDC received the fire call at 4:40pm.
“Nine fire engines and three water tankers from Vashi, Nerul, Turbhe and Pawane ERS have reached the factory,” said an official of the MIDC fire department. He told HT that the chemical factory had been gutted. “There were reactors on the third and fourth floors of the four-storey building and there is possibility it was completely destroyed in the fire,” said the official.
“Nine workers have been admitted to the NMMC hospital in Vashi. They are now out of danger,” said an officer from Turbhe MIDC police station.
Factory representatives were not available for a comment.