Fire breaks out at drone manufacturing plant in Latvia
A fire has broken out in the Latvian city of Mārupe at the Edge Autonomy unmanned aerial vehicle manufacturing facility
Par drosibu media outlet informs that the fire was reported at 3:14 pm. At the scene, rescuers stated that the building was burning with open fire, which was spreading rapidly.
50 firefighters, nine tankers, three ladder trucks, and a rescue team from Riga airport with the only tanker truck in Latvia with a capacity of 35 tons of water are working at the scene.
The fire caused heavy smoke. Residents are urged to close windows and doors at home and turn off the ventilation.
Edge Autonomy confirmed that their production facility was on fire, but declined to comment further. Edge Autonomy deputy director Jānis Vilmanis said that the fire caused extensive damage, but its exact extent is still unknown.
Edge Autonomy was founded in 2009 and is one of the world's leading suppliers of drones. The company's products are supplied to more than 70 countries for military, civilian, and academic use.
The publication notes that drones from the Latvian plant are also supplied to Ukraine for military purposes.