Fire Damages Volvo Penta Facility in Sweden

A fire broke out at Volvo Penta's facilities on Hisingen Island in Sweden on Friday (December 20) and was eventually brought under control on Saturday.

According to the company, no one was injured in the incident. "Some 250 offices were damaged, mostly by smoke,' says John Shedden, Volvo Penta's Regional Account Manager. "There was nobody in them at the time.'

Björn Ingemanson, Volvo Penta's Sweden-based President told the media that he doesn't anticipate the damage caused by the fire to have any impact on business.

"Our staff there will need to work out of other locations for awhile,' adds Shedden.

Hanna Johansen, Volvo Penta's head of corporate communications reported on December 26 that most of the company's employees have laptops that they brought home for the holidays. “We don't foresee any disturbances in Canada or any other place,” says Johansen. “The fire damaged most of the top floor of the Volvo Penta headquarters, including executive management offices and several staff function work spaces. Volvo Penta production and product development were not impacted.”

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by local police. “The cause is not yet known,” says Johansen. “The investigation is ongoing.”