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Friday, 12 March 2021 18:18

Fire Breaks Out at Tesla Fremont Factory Involving Giga Press Machine

Written by Steven Loveday, Inside EVs

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Reports came in late March 11 there was smoke rising from the area around Tesla's main factory in Fremont, CA.

As it turns out, one of the automaker's giant Giga Press machines had a small fire. It was quickly put out with sand, and no injuries have been reported.

 

As soon as we saw the breaking news, even before we knew the details or knew if it was true, we figured it would end up all over the news. Tesla and "fire" in the same title is something most media outlets will jump on. Hopefully, they did their homework and learned this wasn't any sort of catastrophe, but it's still concerning for many reasons.

 

Teslarati reported as smoke was rising from the Giga Press area, onlookers were standing beside it, so it doesn't seem like it was very serious. We're not talking about a raging fire that encompassed and destroyed a whole site, but rather, a smaller flame and a bit of smoke caused by molten aluminum and hydraulic fluid.

 

The Fremont fire department, along with Tesla's in-house Fire Response Team, were able to stop the fire from spreading and extinguish it with sand, rather than water. The Fremont fire department shared March 11:

 

"Fremont firefighters coordinated the firefighting effort with the Tesla Fire Response Team. The fire is under control. Two Fremont Fire engines and one truck remain at the scene monitoring the fire.

 

"The cause of the fire is molten aluminum and hydraulic fluid. Hydraulic fluid was identified as...


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