A fire broke out at a factory belonging to the Edge Autonomy company, which provides drones to Ukraine, on Tuesday, according to Latvian reports. Three people were injured in the fire.
The factory is located in Mārupe, on the outskirts of the capital Riga. Photos from the scenes showed flames and a heavy plume of smoke visible from outside the facility.
Video: Ugunsgrēks "Edge Autonomy" bezpilotu lidaparātu ražošanas ēkā. https://t.co/eo0UTQic27 pic.twitter.com/LZvxb8VQTs— LTV Ziņu dienests (@ltvzinas) February 7, 2023
Latvia's State Fire and Rescue Service asked residents in the area to close their windows and doors and turn off their ventilation as the smoke could be harmful.
The Latvian Delfi news site reported that employees at the facility had said that the fire broke out after an explosion.
Latvian police to investigate cause of fire
State Police will investigate the incident in order to determine the cause of the fire.
The California-based Edge Autonomy company has produced drones and other technologies used by 78 countries, including the Ukrainian military.