DETROIT (April 11, 3 p.m. ET) — A battery explosion this morning in a General Motors battery research lab injured two people and caused a small fire.
Fire crews were called to the battery systems lab at GM's Warren Technical Center in Warren, Mich., at about 8:45 a.m. after a report of an explosion in the plant. Warren Deputy Fire Chief Gary Wilkinson said that when crews arrived they found a small fire and smoke in one of the labs and discovered two workers inside during their initial search.
One of the employees sustained injuries and was transported to a Detroit hospital. Wilkinson said the injuries were not life threatening but had no further details.
The other employee was treated at the scene for minor injuries, Wilkinson said.
Wilkinson said a battery under extreme testing had exploded, causing the fire.
The explosion caused a fire that was extinguished, Kevin Kelly, a GM spokesman, told Bloomberg.
A GM source said the lithium ion battery undergoing testing was a prototype and not connected to any current vehicle, including the Chevy Volt extended range hybrid vehicle.
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