The fire started around 3:25 p.m. Friday, was extinguished around 9:30 a.m. Saturday and a cooling operation is currently underway, said the head of the regional disaster management unit of the civic body of Thane, Avinash Sawant.
“The fire had started at West Coast Polychem Pvt Ltd, land and a three-storey structure at Pawne MIDC, which quickly spread to adjacent Hind Elastomers, both owned by the same person,” he said. said, adding that both companies were involved. in the manufacture of rubber.
Besides these two factories, another company was ravaged by the fire, which also affected three other nearby units, officials said.
Monukumar Nair (65), director of West Coast Polychem and Nikhil Pashilkar (25), who worked there as an engineer, died in the incident, said RB Patil, fire officer of Rabale MIDC fire station.
“Nair’s body, who died of asphyxiation, was found earlier on Saturday, while Pashilkar’s was found in the afternoon,” he said.
Eyewitnesses said fire personnel arrived at the scene late, causing the fire to spread to nearby units.
A total of 12 fire engines, including five from Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation, three from Pawne MIDC, one from Thane civic body and one from Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), were involved in the operation, a Sawant said.
As many as 200 barrels of foam were used to extinguish the flames, he added.
The cause of the fire is still being determined and local police are investigating the incident.