Massive fire engulfs Huawei R&D lab in China; explosion suspected

Nellie Chapman
September 27, 2020

The local government of Dongguan said that the building was under construction.

A fire broke out at a research lab belonging to the tech giant Huawei Technologies in the southern Chinese city of Dongguan.

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

The building which caught fire was reported to be a research laboratory of Huawei from earlier posts on social media.

More to know: Huawei in recent years invested heavily to expand its research facilities in the Songshan Lake era of Dongguan, building research labs and campuses for training.

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It said a team of firefighters was deployed upon receiving an alarm about a fire in a building with a steel structure and flammable sound-absorbing cotton pads.

The blaze was extinguished after 140 firefighters were called to the scene, the local fire brigade said in a separate statement. Huawei did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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.

The Dongguan Songshanhu district, where the building was located, is one of the biggest headquarters of Huawei, with 313 acres.

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