At least three people have perished in a massive explosion at a chemical factory in Maharashtra’s Boisar-Tarapur industrial estate in Palghar district, officials said on Friday.

According to reports, the blaze started after a massive explosion inside a boiler at a company named Ramedeo chemicals around 11.40 pm.

The explosion triggered fires in around five factory units in the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) area, where the chemical plant is located.

The impact of the explosion that left at least a dozen people injured was felt in the villages around 8 km vicinity, reports said.

Tarapur Automic Power Station, which is also situated on Boisar-Tarapur Road is around 20 kms away from the spot, he added.

Fire tenders were rushed to the spot and fire fighting operation is on, another official said.