Three dead in fire at Huawei campus in southern China

Three dead in fire at Huawei campus in southern China

Friday, September 25, 2020

Print this page Email A Friend!


BEIJING,China (AFP)— Three people have been found dead after a huge fire broke out at an unfinished research facility belonging to tech giant Huawei in the southern Chinese city of Dongguan, according to local authorities.

The government said it had launched an investigation after Friday's blaze at the building under construction in the Songshan Lake industrial development zone sent massive plumes of smoke into the sky.

The fire had started at a building where Huawei is developing a research base, the city government said, initially adding that all construction workers had been evacuated.

However in a statement later Friday, the government said a "thorough search by firefighters afterwards found three people dead inside the building".

They were identified as employees of the industrial park management company, the government said.

The blaze was extinguished after 140 firefighters were called in to tackle the inferno, the local fire brigade said in a separate statement.

Footage broadcast by state media channel CCTV showed dark clouds of smoke billowing out of a blue and white building.

Pictures on social media overnight from the state broadcaster showed the blackened building surrounded by fire engines.

Huawei said the building was a "steel structure, and has not yet been put to use", in a statement on the city administration's official social media account.

Huawei's main office campus is in the southern city of Shenzhen, but it has a large sprawling office complex in nearby Dongguan.


Now you can read the Jamaica Observer ePaper anytime, anywhere. The Jamaica Observer ePaper is available to you at home or at work, and is the same edition as the printed copy available at http://bit.ly/epaper-login


ADVERTISEMENT




POST A COMMENT

HOUSE RULES

1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper � email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed: advertising@jamaicaobserver.com.

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email: community@jamaicaobserver.com.

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy



comments powered by Disqus
ADVERTISEMENT

Poll

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon
ADVERTISEMENT