Foxconn workers at the company’s plant in Yantai, a city in the northeastern Shandong province, have had to evacuate the building today as another fire and possible explosion engulfed parts of the factory in smoke. Thankfully, it seems no one has been injured.
The fire broke out at 10:20 AM local time at a plant that accommodates 80,000 Foxconn workers who assemble games consoles, phones, TVs and PCs. An official comment from Foxconn says the “fire was started from abandoned pipe lines that were placed on top of the plant building.”
The company added:
Since the fire only hit the top floor of the plant building and did no damage to production lines, the company’s operations will remain unchanged, while the damage to the building will be covered by insurance.
Fire engines arrived at the scene and the fire was extinguished within 30 minutes. So far, it seems no one was injured and production has not been effected. The videos below, however, certainly make things look a lot worse.
An explosion at Foxconn’s Chengdu plant — where Apple’s iPad is assembled — occurred back in May killing three workers, and was blamed on flammable particles in the air. Despite Foxconn’s statement this time around, the Chinese media have blamed the fire on “improper operation of workmanship on color spraying.”