Fire breakout at Serum Institute campus, CEO confirms 'no major loss'
A fire brigade official confirmed that the incident was reported on the fifth floor of a new building on the Manjari campus.
“As per our knowledge, the building is not directly connected to Covishield manufacturing,” he said. Fire was brought under control at 4.15 pm. cooling operation, in which water is used to reduce the increased temperature of the premises, is currently on. A total of nine people who were trapped have been rescued.” Prashant Ranpise, the Chief Fire Officer with Pune City Fire Brigade said.
Vivek Pradhan, factory manager at SII told that the third floor where the fire broke out was a rota-virus lab. “There is no stock of Covishield. The work of electric and pipe fitting was going on and three to four persons of the contractor got trapped on the terrace and were rescued by the fire brigade,” he said.
“Because there is a lot of smoke emanating from the affected area, it becomes difficult to locate the source of the fire and bring it under control. We deployed a total of 10 fire tenders, a hydraulic lift and other equipment,” Ranpise told.
A team from 5th Battalion of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) stationed at Talegaon near Pune was also sent to the spot. Meanwhile, Serum Institute’s CEO Adar Poonawalla said that no major loss has been reported due to fire.
He took to twitter to confirm the news. He wrote: “Thank you, everyone, for your concern and prayers. So far the most important thing is that there have been no lives lost or major injuries due to the fire, despite a few floors being destroyed.”
India has approved two vaccines – Covaxin developed by Bharat Biotech and Covishield from the Oxford/AstraZeneca stable being manufactured by Pune headquartered Serum Institute of India.
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