The rescue operation is underway at the chemical factory in the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) area in Tarapur town of Palghar district that caught fire in the late hours of Thursday. As per reports, the has been brought down under control. Six factories have been affected by the fire - Novaphene, Unimax, Prachi, Arti, Bharat Rasayan, Darbar. All of the factories are chemical factories.
During the search operation, three unidentified dead bodies were found at the Arti industries site. Authorities at the spot are fearing that there could be more casualties.
Palghar District Collector Prashant Narnaware, who reached the accident site in the early hours of Friday, said that work to extinguish the fire and rescue people was underway.
"Around 11:30 pm, we came to know about the incident. Police machinery, revenue machinery and health machinery geared together and they contributed their best to extinguish the fire. Our work of rescue is still continuing," Narnaware said and added that they have been able to control the fire to some extent.
As per reports, three persons have been killed and eight workers sustained burn injuries, and they have been admitted to a local hospital.
Seven fire tenders were rushed to the spot to douse the fire, which started from a chemical factory. The blaze had reportedly engulfed two nearby factories too.
Many workers are believed to be still stranded in the factories.
(With ANI Inputs)