Thane: A major casualty was averted due to prompt action of the authorities, as fire broke out in a oil manufacturing unit situated in densely populated area of Thane.
The fire broke out in an oil factory in Dombivli area in Thane district in the wee hours on Tuesday.
Around 20 fire engines from Bhiwandi, Thane, Kalyan, Ulhansnagar and Navi Mumbai have been rushed to the oil-manufacturing unit which caught fire at around 1:30 am on Tuesday.
Senior Police Inspector Dattatreya Pandre said that the fire engines reached immediately after a local informed the police station.
"This is a chemical factory, in which a fire broke at 1:10 AM. A local Narendra Patil rang the police station and we immediately sent the fire tenders from the nearest fire-station and now we are trying to douse the fire," he said.
A legislator, Ramesh Patil, who reached the spot, said that the cause of the fire was yet to be ascertained.
"I do not know how the fire broke, but suddenly the drums full of chemical exploded and they fell on the roofs of the houses of neighboring building. Now the fire tenders have come here and firemen are working to control the fire. We were earlier falling shot of the fire tenders but now more are coming and they are trying to extinguish the fire," he said.
Fire brigade officials said it took hours and 20 fire engines to contain the blaze.
Importantly, the factory is situated in a densely populated area and therefore, the mishap could have proved hazardous for several lives.
Fire safety regulations are lax, rarely implemented and not periodically reviewed in most small-scale commercial places and firms across India. (ANI)