Emergency crews respond to 'large fire' at Apple complex in Mesa, Ariz. [u]

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in General Discussion edited June 2015
Emergency responders coped with a "large fire" at Apple's complex in Mesa, Ariz., on Tuesday afternoon, putting out the blaze in 35 minutes, a local TV station said. [updated]




Though not many other details are available, the fire started on the roof of the building near a loading dock, according to ABC15. Officials said it didn't appear to reach inside.

Images captured by the TV station show that the fire blackened a wide circular area, and has at least damaged roof-mounted solar panels. The cause of the incident is unknown, but no one was hurt, and just 12 people were evacuated.

The building was formerly operated in partnership with sapphire supplier GT Advanced Technologies, but fell into Apple's hands when GT went bankrupt after being unable to meet contract demands. Apple ultimately decided to repurpose the complex as a datacenter.

The facility made news again last week when it was reported that Apple would hire an extra 300 to 500 workers for the datacenter beyond the number originally planned.
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  • Reply 1 of 31
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 33,408member
    Oh, jeez...

    Well, it's going to be a good day to pick up AAPL at a discount, that's for damn sure.
  • Reply 2 of 31
    kpluckkpluck Posts: 500member
    Someone must have left an iPhone charging on the roof.

    -kpluck
  • Reply 3 of 31
    thewhitefalconthewhitefalcon Posts: 4,453member

    I'm beginning to think that place is cursed.

  • Reply 4 of 31
    suddenly newtonsuddenly newton Posts: 13,803member
    Because it's Apple: dooooooooomed
  • Reply 5 of 31
    thrangthrang Posts: 901member
    Are burning solar panels still consider safe and clean energy?
  • Reply 6 of 31
    jfc1138jfc1138 Posts: 3,090member

    Construction fires are all too common.

  • Reply 7 of 31
    dasanman69dasanman69 Posts: 13,001member
    There goes their carbon footprint. Up in flames, literally.
  • Reply 8 of 31
    mdriftmeyermdriftmeyer Posts: 7,503member
    Wake me when they determine it was arson.
  • Reply 9 of 31
    justmarkjustmark Posts: 40member

    Apparently the issue of solar panel covered roof fires are a growing concern to fire personnel as they are hard to battle because the pent up energy makes it dangerous to be on the roof.

  • Reply 10 of 31
    zroger73zroger73 Posts: 779member

    Someone must have been baking an Apple pie.

  • Reply 11 of 31
    bubbaonebubbaone Posts: 11member

    Has to be sabotage or arson and NOT by an Apple employee, as things like this don't happen to environmentally and socially perfect Apple Computer.

     

    Leading suspects are Microsoft, Google, Spotify, Cellular provider, ISP, Cable operator, or a patent troll.

     

    Could also be a disgruntled stock analyst as everyone knows analysts 100% have it out for Apple.

  • Reply 12 of 31
    quadra 610quadra 610 Posts: 6,756member

    GTAT.

     

    Figures. 

  • Reply 13 of 31
    wizard69wizard69 Posts: 13,377member
    I'm beginning to think that place is cursed.

    Generally I don't pay much attention to this sort of thing but the facility seems to be jinxed.
  • Reply 14 of 31
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 33,408member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by wizard69 View Post





    Generally I don't pay much attention to this sort of thing but the facility seems to be jinxed.



    And "jinxed" is the technical term for it. ;)

  • Reply 15 of 31
    elijahgelijahg Posts: 2,487member
    justmark wrote: »
    Apparently the issue of solar panel covered roof fires are a growing concern to fire personnel as they are hard to battle because the pent up energy makes it dangerous to be on the roof.

    Wait what? Pent up energy? It's not stored in the panels, only generated. And even then, it's only around 70v, which isn't massively dangerous.
  • Reply 16 of 31
    gatorguygatorguy Posts: 23,300member
    justmark wrote: »
    Apparently the issue of solar panel covered roof fires are a growing concern to fire personnel as they are hard to battle because the pent up energy makes it dangerous to be on the roof.

    elijahg wrote: »
    Wait what? Pent up energy? It's not stored in the panels, only generated. And even then, it's only around 70v, which isn't massively dangerous.
    http://wwlp.com/2014/02/20/hidden-dangers-of-solar-panels/
    Probably more a case of education rather than a true danger in most cases.
  • Reply 17 of 31
    rot'napplerot'napple Posts: 1,839member
    Someone's missing e-mails!
  • Reply 18 of 31
    eliangonzaleliangonzal Posts: 490member
    Oldest trick in the book! Burning it down for the insurance money!
  • Reply 19 of 31
    moreckmoreck Posts: 187member
    I know Apple's been on fire lately, but this is too much
  • Reply 20 of 31
    quinneyquinney Posts: 2,528member
    Oldest trick in the book! Burning it down for the insurance money!

    GTAT hired an arsonist, but he was many months behind schedule.
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