Speaking to India Today TV, chief fire officer Prashant said that the fire department received the first call at 2.45. He said currently, 15 fire tenders were at the spot to douse the fire. He said the fire was on three floors, 4, 5, and 6th. The officer said that four people have been rescued so far, but he can not confirm if anyone else is trapped inside the building. The cause of the fire is yet to be investigated.
Maharashtra: Fire fighting operation underway at the under-construction building at Serum Institute of India in Pune, where a fire broke out this afternoon. At least 10 fire tenders were present at the spot. Vaccines and the vaccine manufacturing plant are safe. pic.twitter.com/8CJKcGoWCc
— ANI (@ANI) January 21, 2021
Serum Institute CEO Adar Poonawalla said he was focused on rescuing one or two people who might still be stuck in the building. “I don’t care about anything else at the moment. So I wouldn’t want to comment on anything else. We are looking at trying to get these people out first. Then will assess the damage.”
Efforts are being made to douse the fire and rescue the other person trapped inside the building, but a thick layer of black smoke makes it difficult for firefighters to complete the rescue operation. The incident of fire at the Serum Institute took place at Manjri Plant. It will not affect the production of vaccines, ANI reported citing sources.
Maharashtra CMO says that chief minister Uddhav Thackeray is in touch with Pune Municipal Commissioner and is taking complete on-ground updates. He has directed state machinery to coordinate and ensure that situation is under control. One team of NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) has been moved to the Serum Institute of India.