This weekend the Brammo research lab in Ashland, OR caught fire after a group of lithium-ion batteries ignited. Similar occurrences took place with the battery packs in the Boeing Dreamliner, Chevrolet Spark EV and Volt, raising questions to the safety of the lithium-ion battery packs. Thankfully, the emergency sprinkler system within the building doused the flames before things got too serious, but Brammo estimates damages to cost over $200,000, mainly from water damage caused by the sprinklers.
Thankfully, nobody was harmed during the fire. The research building is separate from the rest of Brammo’s facilities, including manufacturing, and the company’s director of marketing, Adrian Stewart, believes the fire won’t affect normal business, production or distribution processes.