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  • Silhouette of visitor next to the Huawei logo displayed on a screen at the Huawei stand at the International Consumer Electronics Fair (IFA) in Berlin, Germany. September 03, 2020.

    Silhouette of visitor next to the Huawei logo displayed on a screen at the Huawei stand at the International Consumer Electronics Fair (IFA) in Berlin, Germany. September 03, 2020. | Photo: EFE/EPA/Filip Singer

Published 25 September 2020 (13 hours 58 minutes ago)
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Firefighters have put out the blaze at the research facility, still under construction, in the southern Chinese city of Dongguan. 

Local authorities said Friday that three people had been found dead after a massive fire broke out at an unfinished research facility belonging to Chinese technology giant Huawei Technologies in southern China.

According to the city government, the fire started at a building still under construction on Alishan Road, where the company is developing a research base in the industrial city of Dongguan. 

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The local fire brigade said in a separate statement that the blaze was extinguished after 140 firefighters were called to the scene. Online footage from CCTV shows dark clouds of smoke billowing from a blue and white building near Songshan Lake.

While Huawei's spokesperson told AFP it could not provide further details on the fire, the Dongguan government said in a statement it was "a steel structure, and has not yet been put to use." 

The building, not being used when the fire broke out, is close to a Huawei research lab that researches materials and testing for 4G and 5G antennas related to Huawei's base station business, a source familiar with the matter stated.
 
The city's fire-rescue department said earlier in a statement that the primary material burning was sound-absorbing cotton. 
 
While Huawei's main office campus is in nearby Shenzhen and hosts some 25,000 employees, the fire broke out in the large and sprawling office complex in mostly industrial Dongguan, under 50 miles away. 
 
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