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Latvia. A fire in a drone factory near Riga. Its production devices were sent to Ukraine

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A fire broke out in a drone factory in the Latvian town of Marupe near Riga, local media reported on Tuesday. According to them, the unmanned aerial vehicles from the plant went, among others, to Ukraine. About 50 firefighters were fighting the fire on Tuesday afternoon.

According to the local Delfi website, the fire broke out in a factory belonging to Edge Autonomy. The company confirmed to LETA this afternoon that their facility was on fire, but gave no further details. The fire caused “significant damage”, but the exact extent of damage is not yet known, company representative Janis Vilmanis said.

Dozens of firefighters in action

As it was reported at the time, about 50 firefighters were fighting the fire. Ambulances arrived. There is no information about the injured. The possible causes of the incident have not been reported so far.

A fire in a drone factory near RigaGINTS IVUSKANS/AFP/East News

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Drones from the plants were sent to Ukraine

Two weeks ago, the Latvian public broadcaster LSM reported about the deliveries of drones produced by Edge Autonomy on Ukraine.

“Without doubt, once the flames are subdued, attention will turn to the cause of the fire and whether it was an accident or something more sinister,” LSM notes.

Neighborhood residents were asked to close windows and doors and turn off ventilation due to the smoke.

Founded in 2009, Edge Autonomy, owned by an American holding company, is one of the world’s leading drone manufacturers. Through it, unmanned aerial vehicles go to over 70 countries and are used for military, civilian and academic purposes, Delfi said.

Main photo source: GINTS IVUSKANS/AFP/East News

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