Fire breaks out at Pune-based Serum Institute of India – Adar Poonawala, the CEO, has confirmed

At around 3 pm today, a fire broke out at the Serum Institute of India based out of Pune, Maharashtra. According to the Institute’s Public Relations Officer, the fire broke out a new building, SEZ-3 in the Manjari area. The building’s fourth and fifth floors caught fire. The building is currently under construction.

Adar Poonawala, the CEO, has confirmed that there have been no casualties. or major injuries. The four people trapped have been rescued and evacuated, says Deputy Commissioner Namrata Patil

The Serum Institute of India (SII), the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer, is currently in the process of manufacturing the Covishield vaccine developed by the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca. It is one of the two vaccines that has been granted emergency approval in India. Luckily, the vaccine was not stored in the part of the building that caught on fire. It will most likely not have any effect on its production and distributional.

The Chief Minister of Maharastra, Uddhav Thackrey has spoken to the Pune Fire Department over the phone. He has directed the administration to bring the situation under control as soon as possible.

The cause of the fire is still undetermined, but the consensus seems to agree that it is an accident. Potential causes may be a chemical leak or a haphazard fire in the construction site.