Date
18 October 2018
An aerial view of the Tesla Gigafactory near Sparks, Nevada, where a fire broke out on Saturday. Photo: Reuters
An aerial view of the Tesla Gigafactory near Sparks, Nevada, where a fire broke out on Saturday. Photo: Reuters

Fire contained at Tesla Gigafactory in Nevada

A fire broke out at Tesla’s Gigafactory in Nevada late on Saturday but was contained by early Sunday and production had resumed, Reuters reports, citing emergency officials and the company.

Tesla said there were no injuries in the fire at the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center facility which is involved in production of Model 3 electric motors and battery packs.

County officials were quoted as saying that the fire department responded to a reported blaze at the factory on Saturday at about 10:12 pm PDT.

The fire was suppressed by the sprinkler system and with the help of fire personnel.

The scene of the fire was turned back over to Tesla for cleanup and repairs at about 2 am PDT on Sunday. 

A Tesla spokesperson said employees had been evacuated as a precautionary measure, but there were no injuries and production began again on Sunday morning.

The fire was in the cooling tube coating oven on the third floor of the factory, and it was quickly contained, the spokesperson said in a statement, adding the cause was under investigation.

In August, Tesla said it expects to produce 50,000 to 55,000 Model 3 sedans in the third quarter and that it expects to turn a profit in the second half of this year.

The electric carmaker has been trying to iron out production bumps after failing to meet several output deadlines.

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