Outdoor Recycling Tent Catches Fire At Tesla Fremont Factory

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JUN 23 2018 BY STEVEN LOVEDAY 15

A paper recycling machine caught fire this week at Tesla’s factory in Fremont, but production was not impacted.

Let’s make it clear from the start that the tent that caught fire at the Tesla Fremont factory was not the “tent” that has been in the news this week. CEO Musk recently shared that the automaker has built what appears to be a temporary structure to house a new, final assembly line. Of course, news thereafter of a tent fire could be cause for confusion.

Instead, another temporary structure outside the factory caught fire when a cardboard baling machine overheated.  A Tesla spokeswoman told Reuters Friday:

Last night, the structure outside our factory that houses the cardboard and other wood and paper products that are being recycled caught fire.

The Fremont Fire Department responded to the incident and no injuries were reported. However, Tesla is still investigating what may have caused the fire in the first place.

This fire is one of a few recently reported at the electric car factory in Fremont, California. CEO Musk sent an email to employees earlier in the week about another fire. It was reported that the email from Musk seemed to suggest potential sabotage.

Source: Reuters

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15 Comments on "Outdoor Recycling Tent Catches Fire At Tesla Fremont Factory"

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MDEV

Next time. A toilet is clogged at Tesla factory, production still ongoing.

Nozuka

I was hoping for a comment like this. My expectations were exceeded.

Pushmi-Pullyu

ROTFL!!
😀 😀 😀

Very well put, sir.

What’s next? Oh! One of the bathroom stalls inside the Fremont plant has run out of toilet paper! No doubt that means production will grind to a halt; alert the media immediately!
🙄

Fair point, but in the context of a suspicious fire that stopped production last week, and Musk bringing up the potential for sabotage, it’s worth reporting on.

Say we didn’t write about it and someone gets caught committing arson next weekend, we’d look like we dropped the ball on this.

Dav8or

Interesting that the Fremont fire department was called this time, but not for the “saboteur” fire. Hmmm…

Pushmi-Pullyu

I once worked in a fiberglass manufacturing plant. Sometimes a bag with newly formed fiberglass in it, still not cooled down from the forming process, would get caught in the bag sealing machine, and burst into flames. I once dragged a burning bag out of the machine, grabbed a fire extinguisher, and put out the rather minor fire. I left it on the concrete floor to cool. Nobody thought it was worth calling the fire department for such a minor, almost daily occurrence.

Of course I don’t know how large a fire was involved in the incident you mention, Dav8or, but the point is that not every fire rises to the level of alarm for which it’s appropriate to call the fire department.

But hey, you get troll points for not-so-subtly insinuating that Tesla is “hiding” something.

Nix

Dav8or, you guys are hilarious!! What exactly are you implying is “interesting”?

I’m going to laugh if you think there is some elaborate conspiracy by Tesla just because there was “a small fire in the factory that was immediately contained and extinguished in a matter of seconds” “before any alarms went off” back at the beginning of April, because they didn’t call the fire dept.

James
Is this news? I know Steven points out this “tent”, as described in the article’s title, and subsequently as a “structure” (of some kind) is not THE now famous “tent” built to house another Model 3 line, but the optics are plain to see. If a worker on break tosses a cigarette in a dumpster in Fremont, or Gigafactiry 1 in Sparks, will we be subjected to non storys like this engineered for clicks? We know everything Tesla seems to inflate into a story these days. The interest and lure of water cooler chats about corporate and union sabotage, as well as shocking actions from disgruntled employees or insane shorters who cruise Tesla’s properties on a daily basis hunting for conspiracy…It all makes for popular copy. But can we restrain from the temptation of posting non stories? Seriously, there are limits. Reporting on a dumpster fire just seems obviously past acceptable limits as to what constitutes a publishable piece. If so, perhaps hiring on a writer tasked specifically to cover every nit and twiddle that occurs or is remotely mentionable regarding that one company might not be advisable. Where can we slide down this slippery slope? Next week will we… Read more »
William

Is it only Tesla recycled cardboard, that seems to somehow mysteriously spontaneously combust, while under the obtuse magnifying glass of incessant media scrutiny and reporting?

If this is happens to be the case, then may I please have my Tesla Model 3 delivered in a hermetically sealed Tesla, anti-static, Freemont Factory Fresh, plastic bag, and thank you again!

fotomoto

And I said, I don’t care if they lay me off either, because I told, I told Bill that if they move my desk one more time, then, then I’m quitting, I’m going to quit. And, and I told Don too, because they’ve moved my desk four times already this year, and I used to be over by the window, and I could see the squirrels, and they were married… But then, they switched from the Swingline to the Boston stapler, but I kept my Swingline stapler because it didn’t bind up as much, and I kept the staples for the Swingline stapler and it’s not okay because if they take my stapler then I’ll, I’ll, I’ll set the building on fire…