Two hospitalised in 'high risk' fire at US drone factory in Latvia

Two hospitalised in 'high risk' fire at US drone factory in Latvia
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Two people have been hospitalised after a "high-risk" fire broke out on Tuesday afternoon at a US drone factory in Latvia, AFP has reported.

The factory – which belongs to the US company Edge Autonomy and is located near Riga's main airport – manufactures unmanned aircraft for NATO and the Ukrainian army. The fire is believed to have caused significant damage to the company's main building.

"A high-risk fire has occurred in the production building, sparking a lot of smoke," the local fire department tweeted. Latvian broadcaster LTV later tweeted that "almost 50 firefighters, rescuers, nine tank trucks, three car ladders, and a chemical car" were involved in extinguishing the flames.

The cause of the fire is currently unknown.

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Founded in 2009 and headquartered in San Luis Obispo, California, Edge Autonomy describes itself as "a leader in providing innovative autonomous systems, advanced optics, and resilient energy solutions to the US Department of Defense, the US Federal Civilian Agencies, allied governments, academic institutions, and commercial entities."

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