5 killed in Serum Institute of India fire in Pune; deeply saddened, says CEO Adar Poonawalla

Last Updated: Thursday, 21 January 2021 (22:09 IST)
Pune: Five charred bodies were recovered after a massive broke out at the (SII) plant in near here on Thursday.

“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”, CEO and owner of said in his tweet.

The fire which broke out at about 1445 hrs at the fourth and fifth floor of the building was brought under control after fire brigades rushed to the spot immediately.
An officer from Fire brigade said, “after getting information, we have rushed 10 fire tenders to control the fire.”
Initially, six employees were rescued by the fire personnel.

The SII is engaged in large scale production of and Manjri campus is one among their facilities. However, the production of Covishield vaccine was not being affected, sources said.
“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. Thank you very much @PuneCityPolice & Fire Department,” Mr Poonawalla said in another tweet. (UNI)