Fire, Explosions Reported At Proterra Bus Factory

AUG 12 2015 BY MARK KANE 10

FOX Carolina 21

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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!!!

Source: foxcarolina.com

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10 Comments on "Fire, Explosions Reported At Proterra Bus Factory"

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kdawg

These 2 statements seem contradictory.

“Employees inside the building when the explosions occurred were safely evacuated, firefighters said”

“No employees were on site when the fire occurred and no one was injured.”

Londo Bell

Actually, no.

According to NFPA classification, fire and explosion are 2 different things. You can see that in signs around gas stations, swimming pools, etc. (diamond shape, 4 colors, yellow = reactivity, i.e. explosion; red = flammability).

Thus, in technical terms, as in this case, both are correct, and not contradict with one another.

martinwinlow

Er… I think s/he was referring to the employees/no employees bit…! MW

pjwood1

I hate it when tires spontaneously combust.

sven

Tires aren’t as bad as spontaneous human combustion.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spontaneous_human_combustion

sven

Tires aren’t as bad as spontaneous human combustion.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spontaneous_human_combustion

Brian_Henderson

NOTE: This is OLD STORY from FOX news from
Posted: Jul 29, 2015 1:33 AM PDT

… ie: Is almost 2 weeks old.

So is there any updates on this old story?

Brian_Henderson

Why did InsideEVs not mention the. July 29 date in the post … just referencing “Wednesday” to make it sound like the even occurred overnight?

Jay Cole

Hey Brian,

Michael just sent us the video last night and we didn’t realize it happened the week prior (our bad) until just after we published it…we added the date into the story so as not to confuse any readers.

Brian_Henderson

Thanks Jay, appreciate the date was added for clairification. At least this was nothing like the masive explosions that occurred in China yesterday.