The Serum Institute of India (SII) in the western city of Pune was brought under control on Thursday, although the cause is still under investigation, according to city mayor Muralidhar Mohol.
Mohol said four people were rescued from the six-floor building but five others died. They are believed to be construction workers as the building was still under construction at the time of the fire.
Videos and images showed a bill of black smoke coming out of the building on the company’s premises. Mohol said that fifteen units of the Municipal Corporation and the Fire Department had extinguished the fire.
Preliminary investigations suggest that “during the construction of the building, some welding work could have caused a fire,” he said.
The chief of Pune’s fire brigade, Prashant Ranpise, said on Friday that the fire started on the second floor. As the firefighters worked to take out the flames, the explosion ruled the other location. The second fire was extinguished by 50 firefighters and personnel at 4:15 pm local time. Ranpise said they are still investigating the cause of the blaze.
SII CEO Adar Poonawala tweeted on Thursday, “We have come to know that unfortunately there has been some loss of life and property in the incident. We are deeply saddened and our deepest condolences to the families of the dead.”
The Serum Institute of India, a family business started 50 years ago by Poonawalla’s father to provide cheap vaccines to the masses, aims to produce millions of coronovirus vaccines not only for India, but also for other developing countries. is.
Poonawala said in a tweet that Kovishield would not be affected despite the vaccine’s “destruction of some floors”.
“I would like to assure all governments and the public that there will be no loss of COVISHIELD production due to the many production buildings I have built to deal with such contingencies.”
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted on Thursday expressing his condolences: “Distressed over loss of life and property due to an unfortunate fire … In this hour of grief, my thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives. I I pray that those injured get well soon. ” as soon as possible.”