According to the reports, at around half past one PM (1:30 PM) on the 18th February 2020, a fire broke out at the Dombivli’s MIDC (Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation). Around 8 fire fighting engines have been rushed at the spot to help control the fire.
It is being said that the fire broke out at a chemical factory due to which the firefighters present at the site are facing difficulty to get the fire under control. As of now, no information about people getting injured has come out, as it is reported that all the people who were inside the building were rescued.
The area was covered with a thick cloud of dense smoke which could be seen from far away. The fire broke out in MIDC Phase 2 at the Metropolitan Exichen. Many explosions could still be heard coming from the factory.
Chief Fire Officer at Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation, Dilip Gund said that the firefighting is still going on, the fire is spreading and could cover the complete facility and continue to release the thick black smoke. He also said that as of now the reason of fire is “yet to be ascertained”.
The chemical facility that caught fire today is one of the five most hazardous factory in Dombivli’s MIDC according to an activist.
Secretary of the Dombivli Housing Welfare Association said “This particular company is one of the highly hazardous units in Dombivli MIDC. According to the right to information inquiry I filed earlier, this company has been listed as highly dangerous. Recently when the state chief minister visited Dombivli I had given the list of these unsafe companies asking him to make provisions to shift them to some other place for safety reason”.
More details of the incident will be updated as it develops.