One person was charred to death and five others were injured, some of them seriously, in an explosion and fire at Jakharia Fabric Ltd, a textile factory in Tarapur industrial area of Maharashtra's Palghar district early on Saturday, an official said.
Palghar district Disaster Management Cell chief Vivekanand Kadam said the incident occurred around 6 am.
The explosion triggered a major fire at the unit located in Tarapur MIDC, Boisar | ANI
The sound of the explosion was so loud that it was heard four to five kilometers away. The explosion triggered a major fire at the unit located in Tarapur MIDC, Boisar, he said.
"One person was killed in the incident, while five others suffered injuries and have been admitted to a local hospital. The deceased is yet to be identified as the body is charred beyond recognition," he said, adding that two factory workers have reportedly gone missing after the incident and efforts were on to find them.
The fire brigade personnel and police rushed to the spot on being alerted and launched a rescue operation, Kadam said. As per the information available so far, the explosion occurred in one of the units of the factory, the official added. "The blaze has been brought under control and the cooling operation is underway," he said.
Earlier in July, around five workers were injured in an explosion at Bharat Chemicals in the Boisar Tarapur Industrial area. The injured were later shifted to nearby Thunga hospital.
In January last year , at least eight persons were killed in a huge explosion at a chemical factory at Boisar. The blast, which took place during the testing of some chemicals, was so huge that it was heard within a 15-km radius, and window panes of some houses in the surrounding area shattered. The under-construction plant building collapsed after the explosion