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Two die in fire at Maersk yard in Mumbai

Explosion injures nine workers as blaze spreads to containers

India container yard fire

Media reports differ on the number of casualties, but it's known that Deepak Ghag, an assistant technician working for for Maersk, was killed in the blast.

A fire broke out last Wednesday at a container freight station annex at AP Møller Maersk’s Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust terminal.

Two people lost their lives in the fire and nine were injured.

The injured were taken to nearby hospitals, and three were discharged over the weekend.

The drama began at around 2pm at Maersk’s container freight station annex in Navghar village, where hundreds of containers were stored.

Mohan Naik, Station Officer for the City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra, said: “There was a chemical combustion in a plastic drum, which resulted in an explosion that could be heard several kilometres away.

“The fire spread to containers that also had chemicals in them. More than 35 containers must have been destroyed in the fire.”

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