PALO ALTO (CBS SF) – A one-alarm fire at the Tesla Motors facility in Palo Alto early Wednesday morning was extinguished by the building’s sprinkler system, a Palo Alto fire official said.

The fire department responded to the electric car company’s headquarters at 3500 Deer Creek Road at 12:57 a.m., Palo Alto acting Battalion Chief Doug Conn said.

Firefighters arrived to find light smoke and an alarm sounding at Building 23, a test facility, where the sprinkler system had activated, Conn said.

A Palo Alto Utilites worker secured the building’s electrical system, and when firefighters entered, they found that the sprinkler system had put out the fire.

The test facility was unoccupied at the time of the fire, Conn said.

The fire, which was contained to the room where it began, caused minor smoke and water damage throughout the building. The cause remains under investigation.

Three fire engines, a rescue unit, a fire truck, medics and a battalion chief responded to the blaze, along with a fire investigator and the Palo Alto Utilities serviceman, Conn said.

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