A fire broke out at the Tesla factory in Fremont, California


Vehicles will pass the Tesla Inc. assembly plant in Fremont, California, USA on Monday, May 11, 2020.

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Firefighters responded to a “working fire” at Tesla’s Fremont, Calif. Facility on Thursday afternoon, according to a statement from the Fremont Fire Department.

No personnel or firefighters were injured, the fire department said.

The fire reportedly occurred in an area of ​​the Tesla facility that is under construction. This is Tesla’s primary US vehicle assembly plant. The company is currently building a second in Austin, Texas.

Elon Musk’s electric car company manufactures its Model 3 sedan, its Model Y crossover SUV, and its high-quality Model S and X electric vehicles in Fremont.

Musk said the Fremont facility was recently shut down for at least two days due to a lack of parts.

The factory has a history of costly fires, including multiple fires in its paint shop, CNBC previously reported.

According to Tesla’s filing with the SEC in the fourth quarter, Tesla received “indications of non-compliance” from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District regarding air permit and regulatory compliance for the Fremont facility as well.

“The EPA is reviewing the compliance of our Fremont Factory operations with applicable requirements of the Clean Air Act, and we are working with the EPA to respond to their requests for information,” Tesla said in the filing.

According to the Fremont Fire Department, “the deep-seated fire was contained in a punching machine used to make vehicles.” The city’s firefighters have coordinated with Tesla’s internal brigade, the Tesla Fire Response Team, to contain the fire within hours.

Tesla didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

As of Thursday night, the fire at the Fremont factory was under control. Fire engines and a truck remained on site to monitor the situation. The cause of the fire was “molten aluminum and hydraulic fluid”.


Katherine Clark