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Fire in the vaccine manufacturing unit of the Serum Institute | India News


PUNE: A major fire broke out at the Serum Institute of India (SII) vaccine manufacturing plant in Manjri, near Hadapsar, in the city, around 2:40 pm on Thursday. No injuries were reported.
The fire did not affect the institute’s Covid vaccine manufacturing facility, which was safe.
Fire brigade personnel safely rescued four civilian contractor workers from the terrace of the six-story facility where they were trapped after the fire started in one of the third-floor rooms. The cause of the fire was being determined, authorities said.
Adar Poonawalla, owner and CEO of SII, confirmed the fire incident at his vaccine manufacturing plant. However, he clarified that “the Covid vaccine manufacturing unit remained safe and it is the rotavirus manufacturing plant at the plant that caught fire.”
Rotaviruses are the most common cause of diarrheal illness among infants and young children.
Poonawalla said: “Fortunately, the Covid vaccine manufacturing unit was kept safe and out of the scope of the fire. But still, very sad that the fire will disrupt the supply of the rotavirus vaccine by 30% to 40%. No one is hurt, which is more important. ”
Maharashtra Prime Minister Uddhav Thackeray, who was in a meeting with members of the state Parliament when news of the fire reached him, immediately spoke with the PMC municipal commissioner and issued directives on all measures to control the fire. and take relief and rescue. Measures according to the situation.
Vivek Pradhan, the factory manager, told reporters at the scene: “The fire broke out in the rotavirus laboratory on the third floor where a stock of BCG vaccine was stored. Some electrical and installation work was under way. pipes and at least four workers hired by a civil contractor were trapped on the terrace and rescued safely by fire personnel. ”
Crowds of local residents and bystanders gathered around the facility as plumes of thick smoke were seen rising from the fire that ravaged the third and upper floors of the building.
The Hadapsar Fire Station of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) rolled out seven firefighting tenders and two tanker trucks, in addition, the Pune Metropolitan Regional Development Authority also lobbied five other firefighting tenders as an elaborate effort was being made to control the fire. .
Senior officials, including Pune Police Commissioner Amitabh Gupta, rushed to the scene to assess the situation. “We will investigate the cause of the fire,” Gupta told reporters, adding: “No production work was being carried out on the floor where the fire started. Our priority is to put out the fire and see that no one is injured.”
Prashant Ranpise, the PMC fire chief, told TOI: “Most of the BCG vaccine was kept in an airtight glass cabin on the third floor and our firefighters found it difficult to control the fire.”
Pune District Collector Rajesh Deshmukh received an update on the fire incident from Serum Institute Executive Director Suresh Jadhav. “They told me that the fire is now under control,” Deshmukh told TOI.

Times of India