A fire broke out at the Tesla factory in Fremont, California Thursday night prompting a quick response from local firefighters. The fire started at the factory owned by tech billionaire Elon Musk at 45500 Fremont Blvd. around 5:20 p.m. A spokesperson for Tesla said the blaze began when flames ignited a pile of cardboard and shipping materials that were on the way to be recycled at the plant's southern fence line.
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The fire was quickly extinguished but before the flames were put out a tent-like structure that protects the cardboard and shipping materials from weather conditions was damaged, according to division chief with the Fremont Fire Department Diane Hendry. Firefighters were able to get the fire under control by 6 p.m. and spent several more hours working on the scene.
There were no injuries reported in the fire and the electric automaker's owner Elon Musk thanked the fire department on Twitter shortly after the fire was extinguished. "I was just there," Musk tweeted. "Cardboard being prepped for recycling along southern fence line caught fire. Super appreciate a fast response by Fremont fire dept! No injuries or damage to the factory."
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I was just there. Cardboard being prepped for recycling along southern fence line caught fire. Super appreciate fast response by Fremont fire dept! No injuries or damage to factory.</p>— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) <a href="https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1032805107157618689?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 24, 2018</a></blockquote>
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The automaker's spokesperson confirmed the plant's operations would not be inhibited by the fire. The plant still expects to meet its expectations of rolling out 6,000 of its Model 3 cars each week by the end of August. The exact cause of the fire is being investigated.
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