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Indian pharma plant blast and fire injures seven

19 December 2017

A major fire broke out in a pharmaceutical factory in the Mumbai suburb of Turbhe on December 18 after a blast in a reactor, leaving seven workers with burn injuries. Around 50 workers who were working in the plant were evacuated after the blasts. The fire soon engulfed the two buildings adjacent to Modepro India Pvt Ltd where the fire broke out.

As many as 15 fire engines from local fire departments were involved in fighting the blaze. The Times of India said initial reports attributed the explosion to excessive pressure generated in the vessel when a chemical reaction with solvents was in progress.

Solvent drums then ignited, causing the fire to spread to the adjacent building where around 250 barrels of different chemical solvents were stored. The escaping workers heard repeated blasts as solvent drums exploded.

The firefighters used foam to extinguish the fire, which was fuelled by solvents including methylene dichloride, toluene, ethyl acetate and methanol.

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