Three govt agencies launch probe in Serum Institute firePTI | Pune | Updated: 22-01-2021 15:58 IST | Created: 22-01-2021 15:52 IST
Top officials from fire wings of three Maharashtra government agencies on Friday launched a probe to ascertain the cause of the blaze that killed five workers at Serum Institute of India's premises here.
Heads of fire departments of the Pune municipal corporation (PMC), Pune Metropolitan Region DevelopmentAuthority (PMRDA) and Maharashtra Industrial DevelopmentCorporation (MIDC) are part of the joint probe team.
The fire damaged the top two floors of the building located in'SEZ 3' area of the premises of the vaccine major.
Meanwhile, police have registered an accidental death and burning incident case with the Hadapsar police station, said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone 5) Namrata Patil.
''As we are seeing today, the entire floor (4th and5th) has been damaged. We are trying to ascertain the cause of the fire as well as how the fire spread,'' said Potphode.
Several types of equipment were damaged in the blaze, he said.
''On the basis of findings from all the agencies, a conclusion will be reached on how the fire started,'' he added.
The PMRDA officer declined to speculate on possible causes of the fire at this juncture.
Santosh Warrick, Chief Fire Officer, MIDC, also said it is difficult to comment on the cause right now.
''We have started the probe. Our scope of the investigation is to check how the fire broke out,'' said Prashant Ranpise, PMC's fire department head.
A team of forensic experts reached the spot and conducting their probe, said another official.
The building where fire broke out is one km from the Covishield vaccine manufacturing unit.
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