Small fire at Tesla causes smoke damage

Firefighters respond to blaze at Tesla test facility

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."

Sue Dremann

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Posted by Willster
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Jan 11, 2012 at 11:06 am

Let's hear it for fire sprinklers! AND the PAFD!

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Posted by tesla
a resident of Barron Park
on Jan 11, 2012 at 11:29 am

Who knows what kind of high voltage electric experiments they're testing over there!

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Posted by driver
a resident of Woodside
on Jan 11, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Web Link

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 13, 2012 at 10:18 am

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

They were just burning off a bunch of spare government money.

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Posted by Wally'sm
a resident of Stanford
on Jan 13, 2012 at 11:10 am

"They were just burning off a bunch of spare government money."

Get the government out of the private sector - no corporate welfare for Tesla, or any energy company, either!

No tax loopholes for oil companies, no discounts for drilling on federal lands.

No corporate welfare for nuclear, fossil, hydro, wind or solar.

No corporate welfare for insurance companies - no more Medicare Plus handing tax dollars over to for profit insurance companies.

Charge big pharma for research done at publicly funded schools!

Also don't allow lobbyists for the largest corporations to bribe legislators to write laws that restrict startups and small businesses from entering markets dominated by large corporations.

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