Four peo­ple in­jured in Ra­bale fire ac­ci­dent, one crit­i­cal

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NAVI MUMBAI: A to­tal of four peo­ple in­clud­ing one su­per­vi­sor and three labour­ers were in­jured in the fire ac­ci­dent that took place at Ga­janand Com­pany in Ra­bale MIDC on Wed­nes­day night.

The fire broke out in the com­pany af­ter a chem­i­cal plant ex­ploded around 10.45pm. It soon en­gulfed the en­tire floor and turned out be a mas­sive blaze.

“There were five peo­ple inside the com­pany when the ac­ci­dent took place. How­ever, one of them es­caped un­hurt. Of the four in­jured, one is said to be crit­i­cal,” said a po­lice of­fi­cer from Ra­bale MIDC po­lice sta­tion.

“There were sev­eral drums of chem­i­cal il­le­gally stored in front of the com­pany. Had those drums caught fire, it would have af­fected many other es­tab­lish­ments and their em­ploy­ees in that area,” he said.

The fire brigade of­fi­cials reached the spot on time and brought the sit­u­a­tion un­der con­trol. The timely ac­tion saved the chem­i­cal drums stored out­side.

“Fear­ing the elec­tric wires would de­te­ri­o­rate the sit­u­a­tion by spread­ing the fire to other build­ings, the elec­tric­ity sup­ply was dis­con­nected for some time. So the en­tire area be­came dark and the fire brigade of­fi­cials had to op­er­ate us­ing their own lights,” said an eye­wit­ness.

Some me­dia per­sons also reached the spot within half an hour. One per­son, who claimed to be the com­pany’s pro­pri­etor, man­han­dled the me­di­a­per­sons. “When one of the jour­nal­ists was shoot­ing the ac­ci­dent, that man pushed him and or­dered him to get out of the com­pound. How­ever, the prob­lem was later solved,” said an­other po­lice of­fi­cer.

De­spite at­tempts, C Katkar, se­nior po­lice in­spec­tor of Ra­bale MIDC po­lice sta­tion was un­avail­able for com­ments.

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