A fire broke out at Samsung’s chip factory in Huacheng, south of Seoul, late Sunday local time and was not extinguished until early Monday,media reported. Samsung said there were no casualties in the fire and production at the plant was not affected. The fire broke out at a wastewater treatment facility in the plant, which is operated automatically and is far from the production line. Samsung said it would cooperate with the fire department to investigate the exact cause of the fire.
The accident comes at a time of heightened concern at Samsung, which comes amid an outbreak of the new coronavirus. Last week, the company stepped up a new coronavirus screening program at a South Korean chip plant, requiring employees to answer weekly online self-examination questions about the outbreak.
Later Friday, Samsung announced it would temporarily move smartphone production from its Turtle Tail plant to Vietnam after another new case of coronavirus infection was detected in Vietnam. So far, five Samsung employees have been confirmed to be infected with the new coronavirus.