A massive fire broke out at Tesla’s Gigafactory in Berlin on Monday. As reported by local publications, the factory burst into flames after a massive pile of cardboard and wood suddenly caught fire. Around 800 cubic meters of the paper pile, cardboard, and wood were caught on fire, which resulted in a massive fire breakout.
As per a report by Electrek, the factory caught fire around 3:00 am CEST on Monday, which is around 7:00 am Indian Standard Timing. The fire reportedly was first caught near a recycling plant on the northeastern portion of the factory.
The report stated that more than 50 firefighters struggled to extinguish the fire, including 12 from Tesla’s own fire fighting brigade. It took the fighters hours to get the fire under control completely. No injuries or casualties have been reported.
Following the incident, the citizens’ initiative Grünheide (BI) is opposing the Tesla project due to environmental concerns. After the incident, the group demanded to halt the production process in the Tesla Gigafactory Berlin. A few months ago, the same group asked to revoke Tesla’s production permit after a paint leak incident in the factory.
It is not the first time Tesla faced issues related to burning cardboard. The Fremont, California facility reported a fire in cardboard pallets at the workplace parking lot earlier.
To recall, Tesla was fined by the EPA in 2019 for not disposing of highly flammable paints and solvent mixtures. The Fremont Fire Department also ordered the company to equip the facility with modern emergency response tools.