Mumbai: A major fire broke out at a chemical plant located in Dombivli Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) in Thane District of Maharashtra state on Saturday morning. Soon after the incident, eight fire engines were deployed to douse the flames, said officials. So far no casualties have been reported.

“The blaze started around 6.55 am in the chemical plant situated behind the Manpada police station in Dombivli MIDC,” said Regional Disaster Management Cell (RDMC) chief Santosh Kadam. Thick black smoke from the fire was seen emanating from the building which soon engulfed the area surrounding the plant.

An officer from Manpada police station reportedly said, “Eight fire engines have been deployed to bring the blaze under control. However, even at 10 am, it was still raging and the fire fighters were struggling to douse the flames.” The cause of the blaze is yet to be ascertained, stated fire brigade sources.

In yet another accident in Thane on January, a fire broke out in the computer lab of Sri Ma Vidyalaya in Hiranandani Estate of Patlipada in the district, said news agency ANI. Evacuation measures were immediately deployed to rescue the staffs and students in the building after news of the fire on the ground floor came to notice. Members of the Regional Disaster Management cell (RDMC), the fire brigade team and police officers reached the spot to douse the flame.

(With agency inputs)