Fire breaks out at Serum Institute: A fire broke out at the second floor of Serum Institute building in Pune. A total of 15 fire tenders are at the site to douse the fire. According to reports, five people were inside the building when fire broke out. Of these, four have been rescued. The site where the fire broke out, is an under-construction building at Serum Institute of India. The Covid-19 vaccine and vaccine manufacturing plant are safe. So far, no injuries have been reported. The Pune Mayor has informed that the building where fire broke out does not house Covishield, vaccine approved by the Government of India for coronavirus vaccination.
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 fire was at three floors, 4, 5 and 6th. The officer said that so far four people have been rescued 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 present at the spot.
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Serum Institute CEO Adar Poonawalla said that he was focused to rescue 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 thick layer of black smoke is making 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 vaccine, 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 for Serum Institute of India.
Serum Institute is one of the largest vaccine manufacturers in the world. Serum is the manufacturer of Covishield vaccine, approved by the Centre for Covid-19.