A major fire at a chemical factory in Dombivali area near Mumbai left three persons dead and over 20 others injured on Thursday.As many as, eight fire tenders were rushed to the spot to douse the flames, which erupted after a blast in a boiler of the factory. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis swiftly swung into action following the mishap and asked the authorities to speed up the relief operations.
“Saddened to know about the unfortunate & tragic incident that took place at Dombivali,” Fadnavis tweeted. “Spoke to police officials & local authorities and asked them to speed up the relief operations,” he said. “We are constantly in touch with the local administration and we would leave no stone unturned in our efforts & relief operation,” he mentioned in another tweet.
Thane Guardian Minister Eknath Shinde said all efforts were being made to expedite the rescue operation and ensure proper medical care to the injured persons. He said the cause of the explosion would be probed.
BJP MLA from Dombivili Ravindra Chavan expressed serious concern over the explosions in the MIDC and sought a permanent solution to it. Thane District Regional Disaster Management Cell in-charge Santosh Kadam said the rescue operations were affected because of the fire in the company premises. Hence, it was not immediately known how many persons were trapped inside, he said.
At least 15 ambulances were rushed to the site, he added.