Fire crews battled a two-alarm fire late Tuesday morning at Apple’s industrial complex in Mesa, Arizona. The blaze was extinguished in about 35 minutes.
Local news station ABC15 reports the fire started on the roof of the building near a loading dock. The fire seems to have blackened a wide circular area, with possible damage to solar panels on the roof of the building. The fire appeared to be confined to the exterior. The blaze started before 11:30 a.m. near Elliot and Signal Butte Roads in east Mesa.
Crews from the Mesa, Gilbert, and Superstition Fire Departments joined together to knock the fire down in approximately 35 minutes. While around 50 employees were evacuated, no injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
The Apple-owned building was formerly used by GT Advanced Technologies as part of a project to supply sapphire glass for Apple’s devices. The complex was taken over by Apple when GT Advanced filed bankruptcy. Apple now intends to use the complex for a “global command” data center.
The complex made the news last week, when it was announced that Apple intends to hire an extra 300 – 500 workers for the planned data center, in addition to the number of workers the company originally intended to hire.