Arizona Data Center Fire Stalls Construction For Apple

An Arizona data center under construction reported a 30 minute fire in late May 2015. The facility, which is to be a new information hub for Apple in Mesa, Arizona, was on fire for 30 minutes and 100 firefighters responded to the blaze.

There have been no reported injuries from the event, but between 40 and 50 people were evacuated from the building while they contained the fire. Currently, the cause of the fire is unknown, but it is likely an error involving the solar panels on the building's roof. 

The facility itself is a 1.3 million square foot manufacturing plant (that used to supply materials for iPhone screens) that Apple is spending $2 billion to turn into a data center. As of now, the plan is for the entire building to be powered by renewable energy sources, including solar. 

At this point, it is difficult to tell how much the build will be impacted by this fire, and whether or not there will be a significant increase in build time for the site. 

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