Avinash Kumar, one of the contractual labourers working in the five-storey building at the time of the incident, said moment the fire broke out he along with some others quickly ran away and saved their lives
Pune: Some contractual workers had a lucky escape as they ran to safety in time when a fire broke out in an under-construction building at the Serum Institute of India (SII) premises here on Thursday afternoon.
Avinash Kumar, one of the contractual labourers working in the five-storey building at the time of the incident, said moment the fire broke out he along with some others quickly ran away and saved their lives.
Each level of the structure consists of two floors, Sudhanshu Kumar added.
"Some workers jumped from one floor to another to save their lives,"other," he said.
Asked how the blaze started, Sudhanshu Kumar said he just heard shots about fire breaking out.
"We just ran away to save our lives. However, two of our colleagues could not come out in time," he added.
Meanwhile, Chetan Tupe, NCP MLA from Hadapsar, which covers the area where the incident took place, gave the names of the deceased as Rama Shankar Harijan, Bipin Saroj, Sushil Kumar Pandey, Mahendra Ingale and Pratik Pashte.
When contacted, Namrata Patil, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone 5), said the process of identifying the victims was still going on.
"We have registered an accidental fire case and investigation was going on," she added. PTI SPK RSY RSY
This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text.
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