Narnaware suspected that the fire spread as there were chemical drums inside these companies.
Palghar police said that the fire started around 11.15 pm yesterday at the factory of Novaphene Specialities Pvt Ltd.
The blaze gutted three other factories before it was controlled by fire engines, the Press Trust of India quoted Shinge as saying. A few reports suggest that the blast occurred in a boiler room of the Chemical plant. The industrial solvent has burst under an environment of high temperature and pressure causing the huge explosion, the police investigations indicated. "Six chemical factories were affected by it. Fire brigade teams are already at work", said Palghar Superintendent of Police (SP) Manjunath Singe.
The blast was so deafening that it was heard in a radius of 10 km.
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Almost 30 to 40 loud explosions were heard by locals as they came out of their houses fearing an quake. "Three unidentified bodies were found at the site and 13 people were injured in the incident". The three deceased, identified as Pintu Kumar Gautam, Janu Adaria and Alok Nath suffered severe blast impact.
People those who are injured are admitted to a local hospital. It quickly spread to nearby factories. Tarapur MIDC was the most important, as there are around 1,100 chemical units which store hazardous and flammable chemicals here.
The collector added that aid was asked for controlling the fire from Vasai-Virar Municipal corporation, Tarapur Atomic Plant and Reliance thermal power station. Prima facie, it appears that the boiler blast in Novaphene occurred due to irregular storage of solvent, district collector Prashant Narnawre said.