(ETH) – A massive fire has broken out in Western India at the site of the world’s largest vaccine producer resulting in at least 5 deaths.
According to the report from The Hill, images of the fire revealed black smoke plumes coming from a building that was still under construction at the Serum Institute of India’s facilities in the city of Pune. The fire was reportedly put out but five lives were lost in the blaze.
“We have just received some distressing updates; upon further investigation, we have learned that there has unfortunately been some loss of life at the incident,” Adar Poonawalla, CEO of Serum Institute of India, tweeted. “We are deeply saddened and offer our deepest condolences to the family members of the departed.”
The cause of the fire is unclear at this time. The report revealed that the Serum Institute of India was contracted to produce 50 million doses a month of the coronavirus vaccine developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca at other facilities on the company’s complex.