Fire at Huawei research lab in southern China

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A fire that started on Friday at a facility belonging to Chinese tech giant Huawei Technologies in the southern city of Dongguan has put been out and there were no casualties, local authorities said.

  • The lab is said to be involved in testing for 4G and 5G antennas related to Huawei’s network equipment business
  • There were no casualties or injuries in the fire, which broke out at around 3:16pm on Friday in a building located on Alishan Road at Songshan Lake in Dongguan.

The building, which was close to a Huawei research lab, was a steel structure that was under construction and was not being used when the incident happened, said the management committee of Dongguan’s Songshan Lake area, where it is located.

The fire was put out by firefighters on Friday afternoon, it added. Dongguan city fire rescue department earlier in the day said the main material burning was sound-absorbing cotton.

The lab mainly conducts research into materials as well as testing for 4G and 5G antennas related to Huawei’s base station business, a source familiar with the matter said.

It is part of a larger Huawei manufacturing facility. The company has another sprawling European-themed campus close by, which has offices for 25,000 employees.

Videos posted on Chinese social media said to be of the Huawei research lab showed large plumes of dark grey smoke billowing from the building.

Source: China state media/SCMP/Reuters

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