A massive explosion in the boiler of a chemical factory in the Dombivili area near Mumbai has killed at least three persons, Times Of India.
As of 1.30 pm, the explosion has claimed three lives and around 50 have been injured.
Mumbai factory blast: So far 3 people killed & over 50 injured in fire,numbers may increase: Mayor Rajendra Devlekar pic.twitter.com/qFlOmgPFXx— Times of India (@timesofindia) May 26, 2016
Meanwhile, eight fire tenders have rushed to the spot and efforts are on to douse the fire, reports ANI.
Visuals from site of fire break out after a blast in a boiler of a chemical factory in Mumbai, Maharashtra. pic.twitter.com/WHQIfy7tku— ANI (@ANI_news) May 26, 2016
The blast was reportedly so powerful that it was felt up to 5 km away from the site and even shattered the window panes of several buildings, reports DNA.
Six companies located near the factory where the explosion took place have also been reportedly damaged.
Boiler blast at Acharya Chemical factory in Mumbai. Six companies nearby also damaged, according to officials. pic.twitter.com/sZjCsOJur4— Times of India (@timesofindia) May 26, 2016
Maharashtra Chief Minister, Devendra Fadnavis said that he was “saddened” by the incident. He tweeted:
Saddened to know about the unfortunate & tragic incident that took place at Dombivali.(1/3)— Devendra Fadnavis (@Dev_Fadnavis) May 26, 2016
Spoke to police officials & local authorities and asked them to speed up the relief operations.#Dombivali(2/3)— 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 district collector Dr Mahendra Kalyankar after hearing about the explosion has called for an immediate review action, reports Times Of India.
The cause of the explosion is yet to be ascertained.
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