Fire, Explosions Reported At Proterra Bus Factory
FOX Carolina is reporting on two explosions and fire (around 3:45 a.m. on Wednesday, July 29th) at the Proterra electric bus plant in Greenville, South Carolina.
We don’t yet know what happened, but a lot of firefighters were engaged.
Important news is that the production line is intact.
Via FOX Carolina:
“Firefighters soon learned that two explosions had occurred in the back right side of the building and requested additional manpower.
Employees inside the building when the explosions occurred were safely evacuated, firefighters said.
Firefighters also discovered a bus on fire inside the building.
All fires were reportedly out by 8 a.m.
Emergency medical responders and Greenville police also responded to the scene.
Firefighters said Wednesday that the explosions and fires don’t appear suspicious.”
A Proterra spokeswoman issued this statement:
“No employees were on site when the fire occurred and no one was injured. The reports of explosions in the building were the result of a tire on one of the prototype buses. The fire department has since given the green light that the building is structurally ready for occupancy, and Proterra is currently examining the building for any smoke or water damage. The production line was not involved in the fire and none of the customer buses manufactured at the facility were impacted by the incident. We’ll ensure the building is completely safe before occupancy, but anticipate that we’ll be using the facility as early as next week.”
Hat tip to Michael Beinenson!!!