A vehicle caught fire on the assembly line
The sprinkler system and the firefighters put out the fire quickly
No injuries were reported and only one vehicle was damaged
Firefighters were called to the Rivian factory in Normal, Illinois for the second time in less than five months late on Friday night.
Around 9 Pm on February 4th, a vehicle on the assembly line caught fire while it was on a lift, which forced the evacuation of the facility.
When the firefighters arrived, they confirmed that the building’s sprinkler system was functioning, which prevented the fire from spreading to other vehicles on the line or to the building itself.
Despite this fire being relatively small and easy to control, a second fire department was called to the scene due to the factory’s size and the potential for complications.
After putting out the fire with their hoses, the firefighters used their equipment to ventilate the smoke out of the facility.
Fortunately, everyone was able to exit the factory safely and no injuries have been reported. In addition, the only damages that occurred were to the one vehicle that was burning, with no property damages being signaled.
This event is not the first of its kind however, since a battery had caught fire inside of an automated battery sub-assembly area back in October, also with minimal damages.
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation and if it is determined that this was not due to this particular battery being damaged during the assembly process but instead to a defect causing Rivian vehicles to be more prone to accidental fires, a recall will be issued for the units that have begun reaching customers shortly before the end of 2021.