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Fire at Tesla’s Fremont plant contained without injuries amid ongoing layoffs and regulatory scrutiny

The fire originated in an oven used in vehicle manufacturing operations.

A fire erupted at Tesla’s vehicle assembly plant in Fremont, California, on Monday afternoon, as reported by the Fremont Fire Department on social network X. The incident occurred before 5:00 p.m. at the Tesla facility located at 45500 Fremont Boulevard and was classified as a two-alarm, commercial structure fire in a two-story building.

The fire originated in an oven used in vehicle manufacturing operations. The firefighters quickly responded to the scene and extinguished the fire within a few hours. The firefighting crew had left the site by around 8 p.m. Fortunately, no injuries were reported among employees or firefighters. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The Fremont factory, Tesla’s first mass EV manufacturing facility, is notable for producing the Model 3 sedans, Model Y crossovers, and the higher-end Model S sedans and Model X SUVs. Recently, on May 17, 2024, Tesla celebrated surpassing the production of 3 million vehicles at this facility in conjunction with its battery factory outside Reno, Nevada.

The fire follows a period of significant layoffs at Tesla, led by CEO Elon Musk. The company recently cut 601 jobs in California, including 164 at the Fremont plant. The layoffs affected various roles, including two directors of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) and numerous positions in EHS, security, equipment maintenance, and emergency services, as per filings with the California Employment Development Division.

Tesla’s Fremont plant has a history of fire incidents, with several reported between 2014 and 2021. Past fires have sometimes resulted in production halts. 

Adding to the company’s challenges, local environmental regulators, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), have accused Tesla of allowing “unabated emissions” at the Fremont plant. The BAAQMD is seeking an abatement order to compel Tesla to make operational changes to prevent further pollution. 

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Jaelyn Campbell
Jaelyn Campbell
Jaelyn Campbell is a staff writer/reporter for CBT News. She is a recent honors cum laude graduate with a BFA in Mass Media from Valdosta State University. Jaelyn is an enthusiastic creator with more than four years of experience in corporate communications, editing, broadcasting, and writing. Her articles in The Spectator, her hometown newspaper, changed how people perceive virtual reality. She connects her readers to the facts while providing them a voice to understand the challenges of being an entrepreneur in the digital world.

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