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Five injured in fire at chemical factory in western India

Published: March 9, 2018

STORY: At least five people were injured after the reactor at a chemical factory in Palghar town of India’s western Maharashtra state exploded followed by a massive fire on Friday (March 09).

The explosion at the Ramdev Chemicals factory triggered fires in factory units within the radius of 10 to 12 kilometers. Fire tenders were rushed to the spot and fire department personnel managed to bring the fire under control after toiling for hours. Operations to extinguish the fire are still underway.

The injured were rushed to hospital and one remains critical. Reportedly, residents of nearby areas rushed out of their homes fearing it was an earthquake as they felt tremors of the blast. The cause of the fire is not yet known.

Fire in Indian factories is fairly common, as safety regulations are not strictly enforced. In most places across India, fire safety regulations are lax, rarely implemented and not periodically reviewed, which results in major fires breaking out, resulting in loss of life and property.

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