Fire Put Out Inside Tesla Gigafactory
A fire broke out inside the Tesla Gigafactory, located in Storey County, on Saturday.
Storey County officials tell us a fire broke out inside the Tesla Gigafactory late Saturday night.
Storey County Fire Protection District, along with TMFPD, responded to the incident just after 10 p.m. Saturday night. The building was evacuated when crews got to the scene. Joe Curtis, the Emergency Management Director, tells us that the fire started in a baking oven where employees make a powder coating.
When crews arrived on scene, they saw smoke coming from the roof of the structure. The fire was located on the third floor of the building, in an area above the main entrance to the Gigafactory. There was no active flames found right away.
The sprinkler system was activated, and crews were able to locate the fire in a large oven chamber. Curtis says the fire was mostly extinguished by the sprinkler system. The fire did not extend to other parts of the building, and it was fully extinguished before 2 a.m. Sunday. There were no injuries reported.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.