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Fire at U.S. Tesla's factory in Nevada prompts evacuation

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A Tesla's factory building in the state of Nevada was evacuated late Saturday after a large oven used in the manufacturing process caught fire.

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According to a statement issued by the U.S. leading electric vehicle manufacture on Sunday, there were no injuries in the incident and production began again on Sunday morning.

"Last night, there was a fire in the cooling tube coating oven on the 3rd floor of Gigafactory 1 that was quickly contained. Employees were evacuated out of an abundance of caution, there were no injuries, and production began again this morning. We would like to thank the Fire Department and our employees for their rapid response." the statement said.

KTVN Channel 2, a news channel in Reno where the Tesla's factory located, reported that the Storey County Fire Department responded the blaze about 10 p.m. Saturday night and the crews found on scene that the fire started in a baking oven where employees make a powder coating.

Joe Curtis, the Emergency Management Director was quoted as saying that the fire was located on the third floor of the factory and did not extend to other parts of the building before it was mostly extinguished by the automatic sprinkler system.

The fire was fully extinguished before 2 a.m. Sunday.

Saturday's fire was the second time in one month for Tesla to contend with fire at one of its facilities. There was a minor fire last month on the grounds of the Tesla factory in Fremont of California.

The factory in Reno of Nevada produces Model 3 electric motors and battery packs.

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