Fire erupts near the Tesla factory in Fremont, California

An aerial view of the area where a fire erupted near the Tesla factory in Fremont, California, on Thursday, August 23.

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An aerial view of the area where a fire erupted near the Tesla factory in Fremont, California, on Thursday, August 23.
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Screenshot via KTVU

  • Fire crews responded to a fire that erupted near the Tesla factory in Fremont, California, on Thursday afternoon.
  • Local news media showed an unidentified building engulfed in flames.
  • The Fremont Fire Department said the flames started in a “cardboard pile” around 8:20 p.m. ET, an unidentified building also caught fire. A small patch of grass ignited along a fence near a Tesla parking lot, a statement from the automaker said.
  • The flames were extinguished by 9:00 p.m. ET and no injuries were reported.

Fire crews in Fremont, California, responded to a fire that erupted near the Tesla factory on Thursday afternoon.

The Fremont Fire Department said the flames started in a cardboard pile around 8:20 p.m. ET, on the southern end of Tesla’s property, igniting an unidentified building.

Aerial video from local news outlets showed firefighters dousing the flames with water. Another video showed a building engulfed in flames. Tesla said in a statement that a small patch of grass fire ignited near its parking lot.

The fire was contained by 9:00 p.m., but firefighters remained on site to make sure there was no further threat.

There were no reports of injuries, according to a Fremont Fire spokesperson. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Aerial images show white smoke wafting from the area:

And here’s how the scene looked early on: