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Anguished By Loss Of Life: PM After Fire Kills 5 At Pune’s Serum Institute

Mumbai: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday expressed anguish over the fire incident at Pune’s Serum Institute of India which took away the lives of five people.

On Thursday, a five-storey building under construction in the Manjari campus of the Serum Institute of India in Pune caught fire, killing five workers.

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All the deceased were contract workers, whose bodies were recovered from the top floor by fire brigade personnel, police said, adding nine people were removed from the spot.

PM Modi took to Twitter and wrote, “Anguished by the loss of lives due to an unfortunate fire at the Serum Institute. In this sad hour, my thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives. I pray that that injured recover at the earliest.”

CEO of Serum Institute of India, Adar Poonawalla said that the Covishield vaccine production has not been affected due to the fire. The Manjari facility is where the Covishield vaccine is used in a nationwide vaccination campaign against the epidemic.

Sources said the building in which the fire broke out is about a km away from the Kovishield vaccine manufacturing unit.

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“I would like to reassure all governments & the public that there would be no loss of #COVISHIELD production due to multiple production buildings that I had kept in reserve to deal with such contingencies at @SerumInstIndia,” Poonawalla tweeted.

“We have just received some distressing updates; upon further investigation, we have learnt that there has unfortunately been some loss of life at the incident. We are deeply saddened and offer our deepest condolences to the family members of the departed,” Poonawalla added.

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray told reporters that as per initial information, an electrical fault caused the fire.

Mayor Muralidhar Mohol said that fire officials recovered five dead bodies during the cooling operation. Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar said that the state government has ordered an inquiry into the fire.

Police said that the fire on the fourth and fifth floors of the building at 2.45 pm was controlled in two hours.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Namrata Patil told PTI that nine people were evacuated from the building.

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