Mumbai: A massive fire broke out on Thursday afternoon in a building inside Terminal Gate 1 of the Serum Institute of India (SII) in Pune, Maharashtra. In particular, the Serum Institute of India is the manufacturer of the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine – Covishield.
Many fire tenders were engaged in an effort to bring the flames under control in the Manjari campus of the Serum Institute of India. A team from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has also been dispatched to the site.
SII’s storey facility is where it manufactures the Covishield vaccine. The news agency PTI, however, said that the building where the explosion started is part of an under-construction site of SII. The affected plant is about a kilometre away from the Covishield manufacturing unit, according to sources.
Meanwhile, the Maharashtra Chief Minister’s Office has informed that CM Uddhav Thackeray is in touch with the Pune Municipal Commissioner and is taking complete on-ground updates.
“He has directed the state machinery to coordinate and ensure that the situation is under control,” added the Maharashtra CMO.
CM Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray is in touch with the Pune Municipal Commissioner and is taking complete on-ground updates. He has directed the state machinery to coordinate and ensure that the situation is under control. https://t.co/NlcVtf33TG
— CMO Maharashtra (@CMOMaharashtra) January 21, 2021
Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar said that the primary objective is to extinguish the fire and save the premises. Pawar said all related services have been pressed into service to control the blast. An order has also been issued to investigate the fire incident.
The fire broke out on the fourth and fifth floors of the SEZ 3 building on the Serum Institute campus at around 2:45 pm. The building where the fire broke out is part of the site under construction of the Serum facility.