Fire breaks out in Dombivli chemical plant

Mar 06, 2016, 10:00 IST | Faisal Tandel

Narrow escape for company workers, nearby residents

A major fire broke out at a chemical plant in MIDC, Dombivli at 9 am on Saturday.

 The fire broke out at a chemical plant in MIDC
 The fire broke out at a chemical plant in MIDC

It took four hours, 18 fire tankers and 6 private tankers to douse the fire that broke out at Ultra Pure Chemical Company. Therefore also spread to an adjacent gas agency godown.

Loud explosions in the plant near Sandap village, Manpada Road created havoc among company workers and the nearby residents. Luckily, no casualties nor injuries were reported.

Suresh Shinde, the fire officers from Dombivli MIDC unit of Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation, said, “We received a call at 9.30 am. Around 125 officials were sent to the spot. After the
fire was doused, the cooling process went on till 5.15 pm,” added Shinde.

The spread across to an adjacent firm Jagruti Chemicals, which increased the strength of the fire. “Within half an hour, our firemen removed around 156 cylinders.

A chemical reaction in the boilers could have caused sparks that may have led to the fire,” added Shinde.

The Municipal Commissioner, Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation E Ravinderam along with other officers reached the spot and surveyed the place.

In 2015, fire officials received around 1,200 calls from this area. “Around 22 big fires occurred in this area last year,” said Shinde.

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