A fire at the Tesla Motors headquarters was quickly extinguished by the building's sprinkler system Wednesday morning (Jan. 11), Palo Alto Fire Department officials said.
Fire personnel responded to an alarm activation at 3500 Deer Creek Road at 12:57 a.m. and found light smoke in Building 23, a test facility. The department upgraded to a first-alarm response and Palo Alto Utilities arrived to make the structure electrically safe for firefighters.
Fire personnel found a small fire had started in a room where two items were stored on a cart, but the fire had been extinguished by the building's fire sprinkler system. The fire was contained to the room but there was minor smoke and water damage throughout the building, according to Doug Conn, acting A-shift battalion chief.
No Tesla employees were in the building during the incident and no hazardous materials were found. The fire investigation is continuing, Conn said.
Tesla, in a statement on Wednesday morning, said:
"A cart with electrical test equipment was accidentally left on overnight. The cart was in a building separate from our manufacturing line and offices. The sprinkler system put it out. Nobody was hurt."