Fire breaks out at Tesla factory with 'history of frequent fires' reported

Tesla's Fremont, California factory is said to be running normally again, after a fire broke out Thursday around 5:20PM. No flamethrowers involved.


No injuries reported, and Tesla said the fire wasn't expected to impact car production.

But this isn't the first fire there.

CNBC says the paint shop at Tesla's Fremont plant has a “a history of frequent fires.”

"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," a company spokesperson told a reporter.

"We would like to thank the Fremont Fire Department for their rapid response."

Tesla responds to “some of the fires at its Fremont factory with its own, internal fire brigade,” reported NBC News, but this outdoor fire Thursday evening was extinguished by the nearby Fremont Fire Department.

Hold up. “Some of the fires”? Excerpt from CNBC:

The factory has a history of frequent fires within its paint shop, including a significant one in April that temporarily halted Tesla's electric vehicle production. However, the Thursday fire took place outside, near a tent on the south side of Tesla's property, away from the main facilities where cars are assembled and painted.

“In the past, I covered a fire in Tesla's paint shop, which the company initially downplayed,” says CNBC reporter Laura Kolodny. “I can't help but wonder if there's more to this story.” Her thread below.


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