Three-Alarm fire scorches key building on Apple campus

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in General Discussion edited January 2014
A three-alarm fire burned for more than three hours late Tuesday night at Apple's Cupertino headquarters before firefighters were able to fully extinguish the blaze.



The Santa Clara County Fire Department said it received reports of smoke billowing out of 20605 Valley Green Drive at around 10:00 p.m. More than 60 firefighters arrived on the scene (video), including those from neighboring San Jose Fire Department.



The building, also known as Valley Green Six, was at one time believed to house a number of hardware-based research and development projects. However, it's now said that the building is used strictly as an IT data center.



Hal Rooney, deputy chief for Santa Clara County Fire, said the fire may have started under an air conditioning unit on the second floor. Local television station KNTV reported that maintenance crews had been working on the air conditioning systems in the building earlier in the day.



The fire is believed to have scorched the roof and parts of the second floor before it was fully contained and extinguished at around 12:30 a.m. early Wednesday moring. A Santa Clara County Fire Department dispatcher later told the AP that although the fire was not very big, "there is going to be a lot of smoke damage."



No one was injured during the incident.



Firefighters arrive on the scene at Apple's Cupertino campus | Photo credit: Jessica Spacekat

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  • Reply 1 of 58
    amac4meamac4me Posts: 282member
    So did any firefighters get a peek at future Apple products
  • Reply 2 of 58
    kasperkasper Posts: 941member, administrator
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by amac4me View Post


    So did any firefighters get a peek at future Apple products



    I'm sure the "spy shots" will start arriving within the hour =P



    Best,



    K
  • Reply 3 of 58
    paprochypaprochy Posts: 129member
    that's what I thought too.
  • Reply 4 of 58
    olternautolternaut Posts: 1,376member
    I can say this because no one was actually hurt..................

    please OMG did they save the research????

    I can't even contemplate the thought of some super uber cool Apple gadget prototype and research data being lost forever because of the fire.



    Were the firefighters able to rescue the iphone pro? How about the macbook touch did it make it out ok?
  • Reply 5 of 58
    cubertcubert Posts: 728member
    I hope no projects were lost forever. It would suck to have products delayed because of this terrible incident. I'm just glad no one was hurt.



    It was probably a coder "burning" the midnight oil and his Ramen noodles caught on fire.

  • Reply 6 of 58
    monstrositymonstrosity Posts: 2,234member
    It was probably started by one of the new intel processors
  • Reply 7 of 58
    must have been a pesky magsafe charger.
  • Reply 8 of 58
    who the hell was using a dell laptop there?
  • Reply 9 of 58
    olternautolternaut Posts: 1,376member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by chadisawesome View Post


    who the hell was using a dell laptop there?



    Nah, if its anybody to blame it would be sony and their blasted defective batteries!
  • Reply 10 of 58
    retroneoretroneo Posts: 240member
    If 2010 is a poor year for Apple hardware, then we'll know what it was....
  • Reply 11 of 58
    mr. hmr. h Posts: 4,841member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Olternaut View Post


    I can't even contemplate the thought of some super uber cool Apple gadget prototype and research data being lost forever because of the fire.



    Whilst a prototype could be lost, that's very unlikely to be a project-ending disaster. Everything is designed with CAD so any designs would be safely backed-up multiple times in several locations (I hope).



    This fire means that projects will be set back by a few weeks, that's all. Annoying for those workers, but not a disaster.



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by rychencop View Post


    must have been a pesky magsafe charger.



  • Reply 12 of 58
    olternautolternaut Posts: 1,376member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by retroneo View Post


    If 2010 is a poor year for Apple hardware, then we'll know what it was....



    ................
  • Reply 13 of 58
    eaieai Posts: 417member
    I'm sure apple have disaster recovery plans for all their workers and projects.
  • Reply 14 of 58
    amac4meamac4me Posts: 282member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by monstrosity View Post


    It was probably started by one of the new intel processors



    Perhaps Dell and Microsoft had a hand in this. j/k
  • Reply 15 of 58
    Thats what i think. VERY SUSS!!



    Investigate!
  • Reply 16 of 58
    dunksdunks Posts: 1,254member
    Hydrogen. cell. batteries.



    You heard it here first people.
  • Reply 17 of 58
    bwikbwik Posts: 564member
    Meth lab.

  • Reply 18 of 58
    teckstudteckstud Posts: 6,476member
    AppleTV/ grilled cheese.
  • Reply 19 of 58
    monstrositymonstrosity Posts: 2,234member
    In other news the value of Apple has just surpassed that of Google @ $159 billion
  • Reply 20 of 58
    teckstudteckstud Posts: 6,476member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by amac4me View Post


    Perhaps Dell and Microsoft had a hand in this. j/k



    NO- methinks Research in Motion and Verizon.
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