Three people died in the fire at a facility by the tech giant Huawei, dedicated to research in Dongguan, southern China, local officials said. The government said it opened an investigation following the fire in the building, under construction, in the industrial area of Songshan Lake.
The fire originated where Huawei is developing a research center, said the local government, which said at first that all workers had been evacuated. However, in a later statement, the government stated that “during the search for firefighters (…), three people were found dead in the building”. They were identified as employees of the company that manages the industrial park, according to the same source.
The fire was extinguished, according to a statement from the fire brigade. For its part, Huawei explained in a statement on social media that the building was a “steel structure and was not yet in use”.
Huawei’s main headquarters is in Shenzhen, in southern China, but the company is developing an office complex on the outskirts of Dongguan.