New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Atleast five people lost their lives while 57 others were injured on Wednesday in a fire that broke out following a blast in the boiler at Yashavi Rasayan Private Limited chemical factory in Dahej Industrial area in Gujarat's Bharuch district.

"Five people lost their lives and 57 others sustained injuries in a fire that broke out following a blast in a tank at Yashashvi Rasayan Pvt Ltd in Dahej Industrial Estate of Bharuch, at about 12 PM today," Bharuch district collector Dr MD Modiya told ANI.

The blast took place at Yashashvi Rasayan Private Limited in Dahej Industrial Estate of Bharuch district. Flames were seen after the blast. The fire was reportedly caused by a blast in the boiler, district collector Bharuch said as reported by news agency PTI. 

"Around 35-40 workers sustained burn injuries after the boiler of an agro-chemical company exploded in afternoon. All the injured persons have been shifted to hospitals in Bharuch, and efforts are on to control the fire," said Bharuch collector MD Modia as quoted by PTI.

The fire has engulfed the entire factory, the collector said adding that the residents of Lakhi and Luvara villages located near the factory are being evacuated as a precautionary measure because of the presence of plants of poisonous chemicals near the affected factory. 

Visuals circulating on the social media showed long plume of black smoke rising from the plant which is located in the Dahej area of Bharuch district, which is mainly an industrial area. The chemical factory belongs to the Yashashvi Rasayan Pvt Ltd, which is a chemicla major and produces 15 chemicals for industrial use. 

Last month, a chemical leak in a factory situated in Vishakapatnam led to the death of around 11 people and hospitalisation of over 200 people. Another 1,000 were affected by the gas leak at LG Polymers which was left idle due to the coronavirus-mandated lockdown in the country. LG Polymers made polystyrene and expandable polystyrene in India. The raw material, styrene, is highly flammable and releases a poisonous gas when burnt.  

Posted By: Talib Khan