Basement Fire At Ford Headquarters Forces Evacuation

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Ford Motor Company’s World Headquarters was evacuated Monday after a fire broke out in the basement. No injuries resulted from the incident.

The fire was started by an electrical substation, according to Ford, which interrupted power to the automaker’s headquarters, the adjacent Ford Motor Credit Company buildings, and to one of the company’s main data centers. Employees were sent home and the fire contained by midday, reports the Detroit Free Press.

Due to the incident, Ford will postpone releasing its monthly sales report until later in the week. The automaker had planned on publishing the report Tuesday, but the lack of full power to Ford’s data center – used for reporting and tracking sales – meant that Ford was unable to tally sales from the last day of the month.

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This marks the third time in recent memory that a Ford facility has caught fire. In August, a portion of Ford’s Flat Rock Assembly Plant was scorched when a blaze broke out on the north end of the facility, although work in unaffected areas of the plant continued while the flames were brought under control. Months later, in September, the company’s Dearborn Truck Plant experienced a similar incident.

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Written by Aaron Brzozowski

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