Serum Institute of India fire: Five charred bodies recovered from building
According to the latest update, 5 charred bodies have been recovered from the building of Serum Institute of India, which caught fire on Thursday afternoon.
This is what happened at Serum Institute of India on Thursday:-
- Fire in Serum Institute of India
A fire broke out at 2.45 pm on the fourth and fifth floors of the SEZ 3 building in the Serum Institute premises. The building was under construction. After massive efforts, the fire was brought under control in two hours.
- Nine people were evacuated from the building in the SII’s Manjari premises.
- Production of the vaccine won’t be hit because of the fire.
Manjari, the complex where the fire broke out, is a few minutes drive from the facility where the Covid vaccines are produced, sources said.
- Chief Fire officer, Prashant Ranpise said, “Cooling work has commenced at the spot. Fifteen water tankers were pressed into action and the fire was brought under control around 4.30 pm.
- At 4:34 Serum Institute of India chief Adar Poonawalla tweeted that no lives were lost.
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.”
Earlier, he told NDTV: “We are trying to rescue one or two people. That’s our only priority now. We will assess the situation later on the damage on all other counts.”
- At 4:50, Maharashtra deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, said that “Fire fighting operations are underway at war footing. I have given instructions to investigate this matter fully.” He further said, “But from the info that I have, no damage has been done to the Covishield facility at all. We are giving importance to douse the fire and make sure no one is injured.”
- Five people died in the fire
At 6:57 pm, SII chief Adar Poonawala tweeted that few lives were lost during in the fire. He said he was deeply saddened by the loss of lives in the fire at the vaccine-maker’s facility.
Mayor Murlidhar Mohol said it appears the five persons who died in the fire were working on the building floor. Fire officials recovered the bodies during an inspection, he said. The mayor added that the bodies were found from the sixth floor of the building and steps are being taken for their identification.
- Reason still not clear
Chief Fire officer, Prashant Ranpise said that the cause of the fire is still not clear. “The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained. Furniture, wiring, cabins were gutted. No major machinery or instruments were stored on the floors where the fire broke out,” he said.
Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray told reporters that as per initial information, an electrical fault caused the fire.
- Maharashtra deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar, said the state government has ordered a probe into the fire. Pawar will visit Serum Institute of India fire site at 7:30 pm.
- Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has asked the state machinery to ensure that the fire is brought under control, his office tweeted.
The Serum Institute is spread across over 100 acres in Pune, Maharahtra.