Fire loss Rs 1,000 cr; BCG and rota vaccines production hit: Serum (PC: Social Media)
NEW DELHI: Massive fire broke out in the building where the Serum Institute of India (SII) in Pune is working on four more vaccines against the corona virus. As per reports, five people died after a major fire engulfed the three upper floors of a newly- constructed six-storey building inside one of the campuses of Serum Institute of India (SII), which is a key player in the global supplies of vaccines against the novel coronavirus disease.
Five die in fire at Serum Institute of India
All the five dead were doing welding and air-conditioning jobs at the building, which had been completed recently. Two of them were from Uttar Pradesh, and one was from Bihar. The other two workers were local people. None of them was an employee of Serum India.
The bodies were discovered only after Fire Brigade personnel were able to enter the building.
The lower floors of the building have laboratory facilities for SII’s rotavirus and BCG vaccines. Also, the upper floors where the fire broke out were unoccupied. The production units and laboratories for the Covid-19 vaccine are located on another SII campus nearby.
Incidentally, the affected building was part of the facilities that Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited last month. In addition, when he came to see Serum’s vaccine-making processes.
Fire Brigade and police officers said the fire became big by feeding on inflammable material on the upper floors. “There was a lot of air conditioning material, including insulation material and objects used for fabrication. There were objects made from PVC, acrylic, plastic, plywood, and wood,” a Fire Brigade official said.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray is scheduled to visit the Serum campus on Friday.
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