A major fire broke out in the wee hours of Thursday morning at a chemical solvent manufacturing unit in Maharashtra’s Pune district, a firefighter official said.
No casualties were reported as the factory, located in the Kurkumbh industrial zone on the Pune-Solapur road, about 80 km from the district headquarters, was closed at the time of the incident, he said. .
Twelve workers and two dogs were rescued from the unit, and some vehicles were also moved out of the factory to safety, firefighter Sudhir Khandekar said.
The fire started at Shiv Shakti Oxalate Pvt Ltd, located in the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) area of Kurkumbh, around 1:30 a.m. Drums containing a mixture of solvents were kept in the factory and after the fire they started to explode, ”the official said. noted.
Eight to nine tankers were dispatched to the scene and firefighters took about four and a half hours to put out the flames, he said.
“No one was injured in the incident. The cooling operation is currently underway,” the official said, adding that the cause of the blaze was not yet known.
Pune collector Rajesh Deshmukh said he had requested a report on the incident from local authorities.
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