At least eight people got killed and several injured in a fire that broke out at a chemical factory at Boisar in Maharashtra’s Palghar district nearly 100 kilometers away from Mumbai on Saturday, 11 January.
The production in the unit was going on at the time of the incident, according to reports. The explosion was so intense that they heard it within a 15-kilometer radius, police spokesperson Hemant Katkar said. Palghar SP confirmed that they brought the fire under control.
Laxman Rathod, Deputy Executive Engineer, MSEDCL, Boisar, said, “We received a call at around 1900 hrs after an Aluminium sheet of the said company fell on the transformer in the Kolwade 11 KV (Kilo Volt) feeder in the area and as a result, there was power tripping in the transformer located near the unit.
Rathore said that while the power was automatically shut and as a safety measure, the power supply of the N Zone feeder was also switched off. Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh for the families of those who lost their lives in the explosion.