Factory behind Samsung's 'exploding batteries' catches fire

It took a team of 110 firefighters to put the blaze out

Factory behind Samsung's 'exploding batteries' catches fire

Dee Decasa holds her replacement Galaxy Note 7 smartphone in an aluminum pan at her home in Honolulu. Picture by Audrey McAvoy AP/Press Association Images

The news story that dominated Samsung's 2016 still burns on. One of the companies behind the 'exploding' batteries that led to the recall of the Galaxy Note 7 device has caught fire. 

The fire occurred in the Samsung SDI factory and was reportedly caused by a pile of discarded batteries on the site's waste facility, according to local emergency services.  

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A team of 110 firefighters and 19 trucks put out the fire on the site in China.

"The material that caught fire was lithium batteries inside the production workshops and some half-finished products," said the local fire department in Tianjin. 

Samsung stated the fire occurred in the waste depository, thus leaving the production line unaffected. No injuries were reported, but environmental protection officers have been called to check air quality.