Roche, Catalent suffer warehouse fires


A refrigeration unit sparked a fire at a Roche warehouse outside Budapest late last week. The entire inventory stored there was damaged, according to a local press report. No one was in the warehouse at the time.

In the U.K., about 100 firefighters had to contend with a warehouse fire at Catalent's Corby packaging site. The conflagration, which destroyed a warehouse, was great enough that authorities warned people in neighboring buildings to stay indoors.

All 118 Catalent workers and 15 contractors were evacuated safely. Firefighters say the warehouse could have been saved if the company had installed a sprinkler system.

In Nepal, six workers were injured--three critically--in a fire at the Live Care and Agri Care medicine production unit. The cause of the blaze is believed to be result of mixing the raw materials for two different medicines.

And in India, Aurobindo Pharma is among companies cited for noncompliance with fire safety measures. The state fire and emergency services department, in a crackdown, has started prosecution procedures.

- here's the Roche item
- here's one Catalent story, and another