140 firefighters have put out a fire in an, under-construction, building in the southern city of Dongguan. Three people have been found dead after the fire at a facility belonging to Chinese tech giant Huawei Technologies in the southern city of Dongguan, local authorities said on Friday.
The fire, in the industrial city of Dongguan, started at the building still under construction on Alishan Road, where the company is developing a research base, according to the city government.
Footage broadcast online by state media CCTV showed dark clouds of smoke billowing out of a blue and white building near Songshan Lake.
It was close to a Huawei research lab and was not being used when the incident happened, said the management committee of Dongguan’s Songshan Lake area.
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 city’s fire-rescue department said the main material burning was sound-absorbing cotton.
The Dongguan city fire-rescue department later said that three people were found dead in the building who were from the facility’s property management company and that an investigation was underway.