A fire broke out at a new manufacturing-focused building inside the Serum Institute of India (SII) on Thursday afternoon. At present, no details on injuries or any fatalities have been reported.
Along with fire engines, police authorities as well as local administrative officials have reached the site to help in rescue and relief operations.
But the cause of the incident is still unknown.
Videos of the fire at SII are going viral on social media.
Looks like a major fire at the Serum Institute of India, the manufacturer of the Covishield vaccine. Hope everyone is safe.— Anand Ranganathan (@ARanganathan72) January 21, 2021
Fire at serum institute, pune.— दलीप पंचोली🇮🇳 (@DalipPancholi) January 21, 2021
This is very crucial time for us hope everything is safe there
The fire has severely damaged one of the SII's production plants near the Covishield manufacturing unit, Indian media has reported.