Two people were killed and 14 injured in a fire after a boiler exploded at a chemical company in Maharashtra’s Nashik district on Sunday, officials said.
Officials said the fire broke out at the Mundegaon village factory at 11 am after a huge boiler exploded. Mundhegaon is about 30 km from Nashik and 130 km from Mumbai.
Fire engines, police and disaster response teams rushed to the spot.
“An explosion caused a fire. A woman died in the incident. Fourteen people were injured and admitted to hospital. Four of the injured are in critical condition,” Divisional Revenue Commissioner Radhakrishna Game told reporters.
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“Usually, 20 to 25 people work in the plant. However, since it was the first day of the new year, the number was less on Sunday. As the premises have grown huge grass and flammable materials are lying everywhere, our first goal is to control the fire. The exact cause is yet to be ascertained. It will take some time,” added Mr Game.
The explosion was so powerful that it could be heard even in the nearby villages. Fire and smoke could be seen from a distance.
Chief Minister Eknath Shinde said that 11 injured people have been admitted to Swash Hospital in Nashik.
“Since it was an automated plant, there was not much manpower present at the time of the blast. The government will make all necessary efforts for the rescue operation, there will be no shortage. Our officials, District Collector, Superintendent of Police are on the spot,” he said.
Nashik Guardian Minister Dada Vuse said Chief Minister Shinde may go to the spot to take stock of the situation.
(with PTI input)