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Three dead in fire at Huawei plant in China

- BLOOMBERG Business · Fires · Disasters · Huawei · Beijing · Donald Trump · Dongguan

>>DONG­GUAN: Three peo­ple were found dead af­ter a large fire broke out at a Huawei Tech­nolo­gies Co. re­search fa­cil­ity in the in­dus­trial city of Dong­guan on Fri­day.

The ca­su­al­ties were re­ported af­ter fire­fight­ers put out a blaze that be­gan in the af­ter­noon, the lo­cal author­ity said. Video footage showed fumes pour­ing out of the top floors of a box-like struc­ture that com­prised part of the com­pany’s sprawl­ing Song­shan Re­search fa­cil­ity. The build­ing was still un­der con­struc­tion and the victims were mem­bers of the project’s site man­age­ment team, the city’s fire depart­ment said in a state­ment.

It wasn’t clear what ac­tiv­i­ties went on in the fa­cil­ity, but the Dong­guan lab con­ducts re­search into ma­te­ri­als for ap­pli­ca­tions from 5G net­work­ing to semi­con­duc­tors. The lo­cal fire depart­ment said ear­lier the main ma­te­rial burn­ing was sound-ab­sorb­ing cot­ton. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives for Huawei said the com­pany was look­ing into the in­ci­dent but had no im­me­di­ate com­ment.

Huawei, the world’s largest provider of 5G net­work­ing gear and smart­phones, is strug­gling to sus­tain growth in the face of Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion sanc­tions that threaten to cut off vi­tal sup­ply of soft­ware and com­po­nents. The com­pany is rac­ing to find al­ter­na­tives to Amer­i­can tech­nol­ogy to keep its busi­ness go­ing.

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