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Another fire at the Tesla Fremont factory prompts investigation

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On Monday afternoon, a fire erupted at Tesla’s vehicle assembly plant in Fremont, California. The Fremont Fire Department confirmed the incident, stating that no injuries were reported among employees or firefighters present at the scene. The fire, located at the Tesla facility on Fremont Boulevard, was described as a two-alarm commercial structure fire in a two-story building.

The fire, believed to have started in an oven used for vehicle manufacturing operations, was quickly contained and extinguished by the fire department. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation as of Monday evening.

This is not the first time the Tesla Fremont factory has experienced fire incidents. In the past, fires have led to production pauses, with incidents reported from 2014 to 2021. Despite historical challenges, the factory has been integral in the production of Tesla’s popular models, including the Model 3, Model Y, Model S, and Model X.

Interestingly, just a few days before the fire, Tesla celebrated a significant milestone at its Fremont factory and battery plant in Nevada, announcing the production of over 3 million vehicles. However, this positive news was overshadowed by recent layoffs at the company, with 601 jobs, including some at the Fremont factory, being cut.

Among the roles affected by the recent layoffs were directors of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) and various other positions related to EHS, security, equipment maintenance, and emergency services. This workforce reduction comes amidst challenges faced by Tesla in meeting environmental standards.

Local environmental regulators, such as the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAMQD), have accused Tesla of allowing “unabated emissions” at the Fremont plant, leading to toxic air pollution. The BAAMQD is now seeking an abatement order to compel Tesla to make operational changes to prevent further pollution.

Despite the recent fire incident and environmental concerns, Tesla has not yet provided additional information or commented on the situation. The BAAMQD is actively monitoring the aftermath of the fire in Alameda County to assess any potential environmental impact.

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