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January 25
10:02 PM 2016

A small fire has been taken place on the roof of a factory complex located in Zhengzhou of Henan province on Sunday evening. However, no casualties or impact on production has been reported.

The factory, located in the capital city of central China's Henan province, is run by Taiwan based tech giant Foxconn Technology Group. Foxconn assembles iPhones in this plant and the plant acts as the key supplier to Apple Inc, reports NDTV citing a post facto statement of Foxconn on the fire incident.

The fire has been brought under control by the local fire safety authority shortly after the blaze spread out. No casualties have been associated with the fire incident and no interruption in the manufacturing operations of that facility taken place, reports Reuters quoting a Foxconn spokesperson.

Local authorities have been investigating to unearth the cause of the fire. The fire has been reported to be originated from the central air conditioning fan and ventilation ducts on the roof, reports Morning Star News quoting a statement furnished on the website of the Zhengzhou Airport Economy zone, the industrial area locating Foxconn's iPhone assembling plant.

Extension of Foxconn statement regarding impact on manufacturing operations has raised questions among the industry insiders. Several photos and videos uploaded to Chinese social media sites on Sunday evening suggest blazing in several floors of the facility.

Fire incidence in Foxconn facilities is not new. A dust explosion has taken place at a Foxconn's major iPhone making plant in the Western Chinese City of Chengdu in 2011. The fire incident has tolled three lives and injured another fifteen.

In separate event, Foxconn's listed unit and major assembling plant of iPhone, Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. has witnessed its December sales revenue to slump by a fifth and a full year. However, all the events appear amid growing concerns about slowing shipments of Apple's latest iPhone 6S models.

Apple has declined to make comments in this regard. Several huge explosions have been reported to rock the iPhone and iPad production facilities in China. Combustible dust in the air has been blamed as the cause behind those explosions. But reason behind the recent firing incident still remains unclear and seems to be mysterious.

Fire incidences in Foxconn facilities and other iPhone, iPad making plants in China are nothing new. A fire has been reported to take place in an iPhone assembling plant, run by Foxconn on Sunday evening. Foxconn has confirmed the fire incidence and added that it hasn't hampered manufacturing operations. However, images and videos uploaded to Chinese social media sites suggest that the fire has spread to several floors.

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