GT evaluating damage after fire at Sapphire facility


Good news has been in short supply for GT Advanced Technologies in recent times, particularly after its deal to supply Apple with sapphire material went sour, sending the company into bankruptcy. Adding insult to injury, a fire broke out a facility housing 2,135 ASF sapphire furnaces last week.

GT reports today that the fire resulted in smoke and water entering the 1.3 million square foot facility. It will now determine “whether the company may have incurred material loss.”

The fire itself appears to have broken out on or near a rooftop PV array. The cause of the fire is being investigated. Fires at solar arrays have been known to occur due to a number of reasons, however faulty or incorrectly installed cabling is the most common cause of PV-related fires.

The 50 staff at the facility, including some from GT Advanced Technologies, were safely evacuated without injury.