"There may be more casualties".
"The fire spread quickly as neighbouring factories were also producing chemicals".
"A detailed probe about the causes of fire would be carried out", said Boisar MLA Vilas Tare. Preliminary reports suggest that the blasts occurred in 25 drums of 200-litre capacity belonging to Novaphene Speciality Limited, in their factory at Plot E-107, Boisar MIDC.
People those who are injured are admitted to a local hospital.
The victims have been identified as Pintu K. Gautam, Janu Adaria and Alok Nath. The fire has spread along at least six other factories, the report says. We are probing and the guilty will be charged under relevant sections of the IPC and we may recommend the government to cancel the manufacturing license of the guilty units,"Narnaware told Hindustan Times".
The reverberations of the explosion were so intense that many people believed it was an natural disaster and they stepped outside their homes late on Thursday night.
Loyal eyewitnesses said that the explosion sounded like a bomb when they were preparing to retire for the night.
The Tarapur Atomic Power Station is 20 km west of where the blaze occurred and was not affected by it, the MIDC official said.
"The fire has been controlled.cooling operations were continuing and search and rescue is continuing", said, Manjunath Singe, superintendent of police. Over 1,000 chemical units storing hazardous and flammable chemicals are located in the area.