A fire started at Tesla Fremont Factory earlier this evening, according to the local fire department.
The cause and extent of the damages are unknown at this point and the efforts to control the fire are still ongoing at the time of writing.
Update: The fire has now been extinguished, said the Fremont Fire Department
According to reports from the local fire department scanner conversations (@CAFireScanner), the fire started on “a large pile of cardboard” and it started threatening nearby structures.
They called it a “tent-type structure”, but it doesn’t appear to be near the infamous general assembly 4 line, which is under a “tent-type structure.”
Some power lines also reportedly caught on fire.
The Fremont Fire Department has commented on the fire:
“Initial reports are fire started in a cardboard pile, threatening an outside structure and now started a small grass fire. We have resources on scene and are taking action.”
NBC got some footage of the fire (picture above and video below):
— Stephen Ellison (@sj_ellison) August 24, 2018
It’s unclear if it will have any impact on production at the factory. We contacted Tesla about the situation and we will update if we get a statement.
Update: Tesla sent us the following statement:
“This evening, some cardboard and shipping materials being prepared for recycling on our southern fence line caught fire, along with a small patch of grass next to a Tesla parking lot. The fire is now contained. We would like to thank the Fremont Fire Department for their rapid response. There are no injuries and we are investigating the cause.”
Tesla Factory has had several previous fires in the past and one of them reportedly shut down power for an extended period of time – affecting production.
Reports from the local fire department scanner conversations say that the Fremont Fire Department requested another engine on the scene:
#Tesla IC requested an addl engine as the cardboard fire has spotted into a grass field w/ slow ROS. They had another fire @ the Tesla Factory in late June, was also some kind of cardboard machine on fire in a large tent structure. #Fremont
— CA Fire Scanner (@CAFireScanner) August 24, 2018
Update: the Fremont Fire Department says that the fire has now been extinguished:
— Fremont Fire Dept. (@FremontFire) August 24, 2018
They report that no one has been injured.
Update 2: Tesla CEO Elon Musk commented on the fire:
I was just there. Cardboard being prepped for recycling along southern fence line caught fire. Super appreciate fast response by Fremont fire dept! No injuries or damage to factory.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 24, 2018