Rivian assembly line catches fire, plant evacuated, no injuries

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Firefighters from Normal and Bloomington responded to a fire at the Rivian assembly plant in Normal, Illinois. The alarm went off around 9:20 pm local time.

According to Normal Fire Chief Mick Humer, the assembly lines sprinkler system extinguished the flames before the fire department arrived.

However, a fair amount of smoke and steam forced the plant to evacuate for a short time. As per the Chief, the fire resulted in no injuries.

The fire department did not determine what caused the fire. However, the fire did happen on the main assembly line and involved a single vehicle.

This is not the first fire at the Normal, Illinois plant.

In October, the Rivian plant had a battery part in an automated battery sub-assembly line catch fire. However, the fire department had to extinguish the fire in the October plant fire.

This comes at a bad time for Rivian, as the company finally started producing R1T’s at a reasonable rate after a frustrating 2021.

Rivian did not provide a comment, nor did they confirm if the assembly line was shut down or restarted the line.

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