Maharashtra: An explosion rocked the premises of Blue Jet Healthcare Limited Company located in the Mahad MIDC area of Raigad district of Maharashtra on Friday morning. The explosion, which occurred around 10:30 am, resulted in a devastating blaze engulfing the pharmaceutical company.
A total of seven workers have lost their lives according to the latest update from the NDRF team present at the spot. "NDRF recovers one more body from the Blue Jet Healthcare at Mahad MIDC in Raigad district where an explosion occurred last night. A total of 7 bodies have been recovered so far" said the rescue team in a statement.
According to preliminary information, the explosion was caused by gas leakage, leading to a series of blasts due to chemicals stored on the site. The incident initially claimed the lives of four workers, and at least three others sustained severe injuries. Tragically, 11 workers are currently missing, raising fears of potential fatalities.
Explosion And Fire Engulf Blue Jet Healthcare
The incident began with a massive explosion that shook the Blue Jet Healthcare Company, followed by a fierce blaze that rapidly spread throughout the premises. Barrels containing chemicals stored at the site exploded due to the intensity of the fire. The explosion and fire posed immense challenges to the search and rescue teams, hindering their efforts to locate missing persons.
Casualties And Injuries
According to reports, one worker was infected with gas during the explosion, and unfortunately, four workers lost their lives, initially. Three injured workers were undergoing treatment at Mahad Rural Hospital. The exact cause of the explosion is yet to be determined and the company has not released any official statement regarding the tragic incident.
Search And Rescue Efforts Underway
Upon receiving the news of the incident, the local police and fire brigade swiftly responded to the emergency. Ten firefighting vehicles were deployed to battle the blaze, which was eventually extinguished. Despite their best efforts, the search and rescue operation has been complicated by the presence of hazardous chemicals on the site. Police, fire brigade teams, and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are collaborating to locate the missing workers and assess the extent of the damage.