Massive Fire Breaks Out At Terminal 1 Gate Of Serum Institute Of India In Pune, 3 Evacuated
A massive fire broke out at Serum Institute of India in Pune on Thursday afternoon, news agency ANI reported. The blaze was reported in a building near the Terminal 1 gate of the institute.
Three persons were evacuated, police said.
Deputy Commissioner of Police Namrata Patil told PTI the fire broke out at 2.45 pm on the fourth and fifth floor of the SEZ 3 building in the Serum Institute premises. “As per the primary information, three people have been evacuated,” she said.
As many as 10 fire tenders were rushed to spot to douse the flames. Police and local administration officials immediately reached the site.
“The fire broke in a building in the premises. We have sent water tenders to the spot,” the official said.
The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained, the official said.
The Manjari facility is where Covishield vaccine, used in the nationwide inoculation drive against the coronavirus pandemic, is made.
Taking to Twitter, Adar Poonawalla 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.”
Cyrus Poonawalla founded the Serum Institute of India in 1966 and it is the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer.