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Li-ion batteries burn at GM’s electric vehicle plant in Detroit

Fire involving lithium-ion batteries near the loading dock led to a shutdown of production

By Bill Carey

DETROIT — A fire involving lithium-ion batteries at the General Motors Factory ZERO in Detroit halted production on Dec. 19.

The fire led to the cancellation of the second shift and shut down production after some lithium-ion batteries burned near the loading dock, WDIV reported.

Detroit Fire Department Chief James Harris said the incident grew to a three-alarm fire for manpower.

Officials said there were no injuries to workers or firefighters.

Factory Zero is GM’s all-electric vehicle plant. The GMC Hummer EV SUV and the electric Chevrolet Silverado are built at the plant, The Detroit News reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.