A massive fire that broke out by an explosion at a chemical factory at Dahej in Bharuch district of Gujarat has left at least 40 workers severely injured.
To bring the situation under control, over 10 fire trucks have been rushed to the spot. As a part of the preventive measures, people in nearby villages have been evacuated to safer places for the chemical fire is extremely hazardous and can lead to deaths.
Video clips shared on social media portrayed a long cloud of black smoke coming out from the plant that is located on an open area.
“Around 35-40 workers sustained burn injuries after the boiler of an agro-chemical company exploded in afternoon. All the injured persons have been shifted to hospitals in Bharuch, and efforts are on to control the fire,” Bharuch collector MD Modia told PTI.
Moreover, the fire has engulfed the unit. The collector further asserted that the evacuation of residents of Lakhi and Luvara villages located near the factory are taking place as a precautionary measure because of the presence of plants of poisonous chemicals near the affected factory.
Sources said window panes of some Petronet LNG office nearby were shattered by the blast. The blast was so massive that it was heard in a 20 km area and in some villages of Bhavnagar district too.