Clean-up continues at scene of drone factory fire

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Fire crews were still engaged in damping-down operations Wednesday morning at the site of a drone production facility near Rīga that was gutted by fire on Tuesday, reported Latvian Radio.

The fire at the Edge Autonomy plant in Mārupe on the edge of the Latvian capital, was brought under control late on Tuesday but firefighters are still working at the burned-out drone production building Wednesday morning. 

Around 600 square meters of the two-story production building was gutted and three people are reported to have been injured. The exact cause of the fire is the subject of a police investigation but initial assessments are that the fire broke out inside the building, and that arson is unlikely to be the cause.

According to the State Fire and Rescue Service (VUGD) representative Kristaps Kolbergs, the fire might have started in "technological processes." He too stated that arson was unlikely.

Meanwhile, according to State Environmental Service, initial information shows that the company should have had a permit to carry out potentially polluting activities, but no such permit had been obtained.


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