Bob’s Air Conditioning is being inspected after a “accident” in which it accidentally ignited a gas canister during an air conditioning installation, according to the company.
“Bob’s Air conditioned all of its air conditioning units at their plant in San Antonio, Texas, this afternoon,” a company spokesperson told ABC News.
“They were working on an installation to install a gas generator to an overhead fan, when the fire broke out and they were able to extinguish the fire before the fire could spread to the other units.”
The spokesperson added that the “accidental” ignition of the canister was accidental, and that “the company is working to determine what caused the fire.”
Bobs spokesperson, Scott Anderson, told ABC affiliate KENS that the company is conducting an investigation.
“We are taking this very seriously,” Anderson said.
“Our first priority is to ensure that all of our employees are safe.”
The Associated Press reported that the incident happened at the company’s San Antonio plant on Wednesday.
It’s not clear how many employees were affected, and Anderson declined to say how many were at risk.
The Associated Times reported that a fire department official told the outlet that the cause of the fire was a “corrosive material.”
Bob’s is one of the nation’s largest retailers and distributors of air conditioning equipment.
The company has about 8,000 employees and employs about 7,000 people in Texas.
Bobs has faced scrutiny for its air conditioner problems in recent years.
In 2014, the company paid $1.3 million to settle a class-action lawsuit alleging that its air-conditioning systems were defective.
In the lawsuit, the manufacturer claimed that it had been making repairs and replacing faulty parts with better ones for years, but that the problem had been hidden from customers.
The lawsuit was settled in 2019.
Bob’s said in its statement that the recall is being conducted to address “safety concerns” and that the fire had been brought under control by 8:30 a.m. local time on Thursday.
“The company is taking this extremely seriously and is conducting a thorough investigation to determine the cause and prevent this from happening again,” Anderson told the Associated Press.
The Bobs Air Conditioner is among a growing number of air conditioners that have had to undergo safety inspections in recent months amid reports that the air conditioning industry is facing an unprecedented wave of defective products.