Serum Institute Fire LIVE Updates: A fire has again broken out in the same building at the Serum Institute of India in Pune where five people were killed in a blaze in the afternoon today. Pune's Mayor Murlidhar Mohol said five charred bodies were found after the blaze was brought under control. A few more trapped in the building were rescued. The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained but it is being speculated that welding work caused the fire, he said.
The company's CEO earlier said there was no loss of lives, but later revised his statement after the deaths were confirmed. He said there was no impact on the Covishield vaccine making process as the fire was in a facility away from the place where the anti-coronavirus vaccines are made. Deputy Commissioner of Police Namrata Patil told PTI the fire broke out at 2.45 pm on the fourth and fifth floor of the SEZ 3 building in the Serum Institute premises.
COVID19 vaccination for Border Security Force (BSF) jawans began in Salbagan, Agartala today.
Jan 21, 2021 21:38 (IST)
Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar visits Serum Institute of India, Pune.
Jan 21, 2021 21:20 (IST)
Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar visits Serum Institute of India, Pune.
Jan 21, 2021 21:18 (IST)
RECAP | The Manjari facility is where the Covishield vaccine used in the nationwide inoculation drive against the pandemic is made. The building where the fire broke out is part of the under-construction site of the Serum facility and is one km from the Covishield manufacturing unit, sources said.
Jan 21, 2021 21:03 (IST)
The news of the fire at the Serum Institute in Pune is very tragic and unfortunate. My condolences to families of those who lost their loved ones. I wish speedy recovery to the injured: NCP chief Sharad Pawar.
Jan 21, 2021 20:54 (IST)
Fire Audit Tomorrow: Ajit Pawar | Contractor's men were working on that floor (where the fire broke out) and when the fire brigade officials went there, they found five completely burnt bodies. Two of them were from UP, two from Pune and one is from Bihar. Fire brigade has done good work. As per my info, CM will also visit the site tomorrow. The place where COVID vaccine is manufactured was not affected. I was informed that preparation was going on at this building (site of fire) to make Rotavirus vaccine. Our government is trying its best to gather more information. Energy Audit teams have been instructed to conduct fire audit, they will do it tomorrow: Maharashtra Deputy CM Ajit Pawar.
Jan 21, 2021 20:49 (IST)
Chief Fire Officer Prashant Ranpise said 15 water tankers were pressed into action and the fire was brought under control around 4.30 pm. "The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained. Furniture, wiring, cabins were gutted. No major machinery or instruments were stored on the floors where the fire broke out," he said.
Jan 21, 2021 20:48 (IST)
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said it was distressing to learn of the tragic loss of lives in a fire incident at a Serum Institute of India facility and urged the state government to provide necessary help to the victims and their families. "While it's distressing to learn of the tragic loss of lives in the fire incident at Serum Institute, the news of another fire is extremely worrying," Gandhi said in a tweet. "My condolences to the family of the deceased. I request the state govt to provide necessary help to the victims & their families," he said.
Jan 21, 2021 20:13 (IST)
Rahul Gandhi Condoles Death | While it's distressing to learn of the tragic loss of lives in the fire incident at Serum Institute, the news of another fire is extremely worrying. My condolences to the family of the deceased. I request the state govt to provide necessary help to the victims and their families: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.
Jan 21, 2021 20:11 (IST)
Extremely Sorrowful Day: SII MD | Today is an extremely sorrowful day for all of us at Serum Institute of India. Regrettably, there were losses of lives in the fire that broke out in our under installation facility situated at the Special Economic Zone at Manjri. We are deeply saddened and offer our condolences to the families of the departed. In this regard, we will be offering a compensation of INR 25 lakhs to each of the families, in addition to the mandated amount as per the norms. We would like to extend our gratitude to everyone for their concerns and prayers in these distressing times: Serum Institute of India Chairman & Managing Director Cyrus S Poonawalla.
Jan 21, 2021 20:00 (IST)
Loss of Lives Distressing: Prez | The loss of lives in a fire accident at the Serum Institute of India in Pune is distressing. My thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved families. I wish speedy recovery of the injured: President Ram Nath Kovind.
Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar said the state government has ordered a probe into the fire.
Jan 21, 2021 19:50 (IST)
PM Mourns Loss of Lives | Anguished by the loss of lives due to an unfortunate fire at the Serum Institute of India. In this sad hour, my thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives. I pray that those injured recover at the earliest: PM Narendra Modi.
Jan 21, 2021 19:39 (IST)
The tragic fire accident that broke out today at Serum Institute of India, Pune, is unfortunate. My deepest condolences are with the families who lost their loved ones, and we are with them in this hour of grief: Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh
Jan 21, 2021 19:31 (IST)
Serum Institute of India's building in Manjri (Pune) caught fire due to some ongoing welding work. Insulation material, which is inflammable, was kept near the work site. So far, 5 deaths have been reported: Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope
Jan 21, 2021 19:23 (IST)
Fire Breaks Out Again | Fire breaks out again in one compartment of the same building at Serum Institute of India (SII), in Pune. Fire fighting operation is underway. More details awaited. Fire had broken out at Manjri Plant of SII today afternoon and claimed five lives.
Jan 21, 2021 19:14 (IST)
Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray will visit the unit of Serum Institute of India in Manjri, Pune, where the fire mishap took place, to inspect & take stock of the situation tomorrow at noon: Office of the Chief Minister of Maharashtra
Jan 21, 2021 19:01 (IST)
Pained to know that around 5 people lost life in SII fire incident. My deepest condolences to their families. Praying for speedy recovery of the injured ones: BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis.
Jan 21, 2021 19:00 (IST)
Casualty list from SII fire:
Bipin Saroj from Uttar Pradesh
Rama Shankar from Uttar Pradesh
Sushil Kumar Pandey from Bihar
Mahendra Ingle from Pune
Pratik Pashte from Pune
Jan 21, 2021 18:58 (IST)
Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray speaks with Serum Institute CEO Adar Poonawalla. To visit Pune at 2 pm tomorrow.
Jan 21, 2021 18:46 (IST)
Pune Commissioner of Police Amitabh Gupta says bodies found at SII facility are so charred that they can't be identified.
Jan 21, 2021 18:42 (IST)
Anguished to learn about the unfortunate news of loss of lives due to the fire break out at SII's facility in Pune. My thoughts & prayers with the bereaved families. Appreciate efforts of Pune City Police & Fire Department to bring the fire under control.
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Jan 21, 2021 18:20 (IST)
Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar to reach site of fire after 7.30 pm.
Jan 21, 2021 18:17 (IST)
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Jan 21, 2021 18:10 (IST)
Five charred bodies recovered from Serum Institute of India (SII) building where fire broke out in afternoon: Fire official.
Jan 21, 2021 18:05 (IST)
Those Dead May Be Construction Workers: Mayor | The five people who died, were perhaps the workers at the under-construction building. The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained but it is being speculated that welding, that was going on at the building, caused the fire: Pune Mayor Murlidhar Mohol
Jan 21, 2021 18:03 (IST)
5 Bodies Found: Pune Mayor | Four people were evacuated from the building but when it came under control, five bodies were found by our jawans, says Pune Mayor Murlidhar Mohol on fire at Serum Institute of India.
Jan 21, 2021 18:02 (IST)
Lives Lost in SII Fire | 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: SII CEO Adar Poonawalla.
The Maharashtra government announced that an inquiry has been launched into the incident, even as the company’s CEO Adar Poonawalla assured that the fire will not result in any loss of Covishield production. He said multiple production buildings had been kept in reserve to deal with such contingencies.
Photos and videos from the scene showed dark, thick clouds of smoke rising from the building, but there were no casualties or injuries because of the fire. The fire was reported at the institute's biotechnology park, inaugurated by Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan last year. A total of 15 fire engines, and ambulances were rushed to the spot and the blaze was brought under control.
Amid concerns over impact on the production of COVID-19 vaccine Covishield, the government has said there has not been much damage to the area where vaccines are manufactured. Further, the facility, where fire has been reported, is used for manufacturing Rotavirus and BCG vaccines and not coronavirus shots.