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Feb 05, 2018 08:23 AM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com

Fire at Sun Pharma's Ankleshwar plant, company says no casualties

The drug maker said the fire was put off by the site firefighting team with the support of fire tenders.

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A major fire broke out at India's largest drug maker Sun Pharma's intermediate and active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) manufacturing site in Ankleshwar GIDC, Gujarat in the early hours of Sunday.

The drugmaker said the fire was put off by the site firefighting team with the support of fire tenders.

The company spokesperson said that the situation is under control and there were no injuries during this incident.

The company didn't specify the quantum of loss and said a detailed investigation is under progress.

“A fire was observed at the solvent storage area at Sun Pharma’s Ankleshwar (Gujarat) Plant in the early hours of Feb 4, 2018," the spokesperson statement said.

"There was no direct loss of production because of this incident. A detailed investigation is under progress,” the statement added.

The company had a similar fire accident at Ahmednagar in December 2016 that killed two people and injured two others.

Fire accidents are not uncommon at pharma facilities, as there is always a looming risk of a blast given the explosive nature of chemicals, in addition to boilers and reactors the companies work with.

Fire at facilities may sometimes attract surprise inspections by the US and Europe drug regulators. Aurobindo Pharma had a similar sudden and rigorous inspection after its API facility in Srikakulam had a fire last year.
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