Pune (SunstarTV Bureau): A massive fire breaks out at Serum Institute of India (SII) in Pune on Thursday afternoon, official said. The blaze was reported in a building near the Terminal 1 gate of the institute.
Around five people have died. The deceased include five men and one woman.
According to reports, thick clouds of smoke could be seen billowing out of one of the buildings in the SII complex at Gopalpatti, though company officials remained tightlipped on the development.
As many as 10 fire-tenders from Pune Fire Bridge rushed to the site and were battling the blaze. The cause behind the fire breakout has yet to be ascertained.
Notably, the Serum Institute of India is manufacturing anti-coronavirus vaccine called “Covishield”. The vaccine developed by the Oxford University and pharmaceuticals company AstraZeneca.