Massive fire in Serum Institute’s plant in Poona, 3 employees rescued

A massive fire has broken out in the terminal 1 building of Serum Institute which is manufacturing and supplying Covishield all over the country and globally as well. The fire broke out in Pune away from main Puna city where the HiTech machines were being fitted in its new plant. The fire is massive as the widespread smoke emanating from the burning factory gives a clear picture of the fire spreading further.

According to the latest news about eight fire tenders have been pressed into service to control the fire. This was the new plant where state of the art machines were being fitted probably to start production of Covishield in the near future to fulfill the massive demand of the vaccine being supplied globally including in India.

According to the latest news few employees in the new plant under fire have been rescued. The Covishield vaccines were however, being manufactured in other main plant established in 1975 and therefore there haven’t been any loss of vaccines.

The fire broke out in the Serum Institute’s new plant at about 2.45 PM and there are confirmed news about the vaccines not being produced here. A news of huge relief. The reason behind the fire has not been ascertained till yet as no official statement has been issued from Serum Institute, Puna, Maharashtra.

However, there are no news whether the Covishield vaccines had been stored in this new plant under massive fire. This building of Serum Institute was still being constructed with fifty percent work under process. Serum Institute was established in 1975 and is one of the largest manufacturer of medicines in the world. Serum Institute Puna was working on four more Covid 19 vaccines apart from Covishield being supplied in India and worldwide. The Serum Institute is established in over hundred acre. The chief minister of Maharashtra Udhav Thakrey’s office CMO has in a tweet informed that CM Maharashtra is in touch with the Pune municipal commissioner and is taking complete in-ground updates. He has directed the state machinery to co-ordinate and ensure that the situation is under control.

Meanwhile the Serum Institute’s CEO Adar Poonawala has said that they are least worried for he losses as they entire focus is on saving the lives of the employees trapped in. Till now about three to four employees have been rescued by the fire brigade team. The rescue operation and fighter fighting work is going on in full swing says the latest news. There are now 15 fire tenders on the job with other fire stations also informed to send more fire tenders if need arises.

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Sunil Negi

Sunil Negi is a senior journalist and president of Uttarakhand Journalists Forum ( Regd). He usually writes on socio political subjects and have been contributing articles in print media for the last several years. Mr. Sunil Negi had been felicitated by All India Achievers conference's Pride of India and excellence awards apart from several other recognitions. He has translated a book on ecological disaster of Uttarakhand of June 2013 and edited and published two editions of Uttaranchal's Who's Who.

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