Pune: A major fire broke on Thursday at the Manjri plant of Serum Institute of India (SII), Pune. The cause of fire is being investigated, said fire brigade officials. The plant produces multiple vaccines along with Covishield. It is being reported that fire at SII facility occurred in an under-construction building. SII Pune is manufacturing Coronavirus vaccine Covishield. Also Read - Chinese Hackers Targeted Serum Institute, Bharat Biotech, Claims Report by Cyber Firm
According to SII executive director Dr Suresh Jadhav, the fire was reported at the facility where BCG vaccine-related work was on. The facility where Covishield vaccine is being manufactured and stored is far away from this facility, said Jadhav. Also Read - Majboori is Something: CM Thackeray Hints at Re-imposing Lockdown in Maharashtra; Read His Full Statement
According to the latest updates, atleast 10 fire tenders have been rushed to the spot. Emergency services have also been pressed into action. A total of four workers have been rescued so far. One team of NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) has also been moved to the site. Also Read - Pune Extends Night Curfew Till March 14, Schools And Colleges to Remain Shut. Here's What's Allowed, What's Not
Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray is in touch with Pune Municipal Commissioner and is taking complete on-ground updates. He has directed state machinery to coordinate & ensure that situation is under control, news agency ANI reported.
Fire continues to rage at the fourth and fifth floors of SEZ3 building inside Terminal Gate 1 of Serum Institute of India in Pune.
Pune SII facility is at the heart of India’s fight against Coronavirus. Reports, however, suggest that fire took place quite far from the facility where the vaccines are being produced and stored. So, the vaccine manufacturing process is unlikely to be affected.
Meanwhile, markets took a beating minutes after fire was reported at SII facility in Pune.
This is a developing story and we are awaiting more reports from Pune’s SII facility.