A massive fire broke out at a chemical factory in MIDC Phase 2 in Dombivli area in Thane on Thursday which resulted in many casualties. Pic/Satej Shinde
As per initial reports, the blast occurred in the Herbert Brown company ( Acharya) chemical factory. Along with the said company, MIDC officials confirm that six companies nearby have also been severely damaged. Pic/Satej Shinde
The fire was quickly brought under control and as smoke dissipated, it revealed the entire factory building had collapsed. The huge blast and blaze also caused huge damage to two other adjacent plants. Pic/Satej Shinde
So severe was the blast, which some eyewitnesses compared to a bomb explosion, that it was heard even four-five km away.
The shock wave shook buildings, shattered glass windows of several residential and industrial buildings, moving or parked vehicles, injured pedestrians, vehicle drivers and even cattle in the surrounding vicinity for almost two kms.
It also disrupted mobile communication and television cable services in the area for a few hours. Many locals mistook it for an earthquake and dropped everything to flee their homes to open places for safety.
Fifteen fire-tenders and water tankers from Dombivali, Thane, Kalyan and other surrounding towns, as well as National Disaster Response Force teams from Thane and Pune, and the National Security Guard team from Mumbai, rushed to the spot to tackle the emergency, said District Collector Mahendra Kalyankar.
Injured receive treatments at a hospital after a broke out in a chemical factory following a blast at Dombivali in Thane. Pic/PTI
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A massive blast took place at Dombivli after a boiler at a private chemical company in the MIDC industrial complex exploded Thursday morning. Here are some of the images from the site