A fire broke out at Terminal 1 gate of Serum Institute of India (SII)’s facility in Pune, Maharashtra, on January 21. Ten fire tenders were deployed to control the blaze.
Chief Executive Officer Adar Poonawalla has confirmed that no lives were lost or any major injuries were caused due to the fire, despite a few floors being burnt down.
He also made it very clear that there has been no loss of any Covishield vaccine.
“I’d like to reassure all govt & public that there would be no loss of Covishield production due to multiple production buildings that I’d kept in reserve to deal with such contingencies at Serum Institute of India,” said Poonawalla on Twitter.
“Thank you, everyone, for your concern & prayers. So far, the most important thing is that there’ve been no lives lost or major injuries due to fire, despite a few floors being destroyed,” he added.
While speaking to CNBC TV-18, he said priority products like Covishield; EPI vaccine will not suffer due to the fire. However, new product launches will be hit.
He said equipment worth hundreds of corers were damage in the fire, and the company is expected to face revenue loss of more than Rs 1,000 crore over the next one to two years.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has also confirmed that the fire is under control and has no casualties so far.
The fire continued to rage on the fourth and fifth floors of the ‘Special Economic Zone 3’ building inside the premises, reported news agency ANI.
Pune Municipal Corporation’s Chief Fire Officer told CNN News18 there were four people inside the building, and three had been rescued. Large smoke was hampering the work of bringing the fire under control, the official added.
Deputy Commissioner of Police Namrata Patil told PTI that the fire broke out at 2.45 pm on the fourth and fifth floor of the SEZ 3 building in the Serum Institute premises.
“As per the primary information, three people have been evacuated,” she said.
It was not immediately clear if there were casualties due to the incident.
“We have sent water tenders to the spot,” a fire brigade official said, adding the cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray contacted the Pune Municipal Commissioner and took the complete on-ground updates of the fire incident, said the state CMO.
“He has directed the state machinery to coordinate and ensure that the situation is under control,” the CMO said on Twitter.