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5 killed in fire at under-construction building of Serum Institute

Jan 21, 2021 19:38 IST

5 charred bodies have been recovered after a major fire broke out at the Serum Institute of India in an under-construction building. It took close to 2 hours and 10 fire tenders for the firemen to control the blaze. The fire began on the third floor of the under-construction building where electrical work was going on and then spread to the fourth and fifth floors, according to reports. 

Serum Institute CEO Adar Poonwalla tweeted that he is saddened by the loss of lives and offered his condolences to the family members of the deceased. 

Poonawalla has assured the country that production of its Covid-19 vaccine will not be affected by the fire. The building where the fire broke out is located at a distance from the Covid-19 vaccine manufacturing unit and has cause no damage to the vaccines or its production. 

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