Firefighters work 16 hours to put out fires in Tesla Model S

Posted: December 23, 2018 by oldbrew in News, Travel

Another Tesla fire

The car was only three months old, and as the owner said, if it had happened at home the house could have been set on fire.

A Tesla Model S ignited three times in one day, a northern California car owner and firefighters told ABC News.

While driving on a highway on Dec. 18, the driver got a tire pressure warning indicating a flat tire, and had the car towed to the nearby Los Gatos Tire and Auto Repair, Santa Clara County Fire Captain Bill Murphy told ABC News.

“I go in there, doing the paperwork and I start hearing a funny hissing sound,” the Tesla owner told ABC San Francisco’s station KGO-TV. “I thought, oh, it must be something going on in the shop next door.”

The owner turned around to see the car on fire, and firefighters were called to the scene.

Los Gatos Tire and Auto Repair did not immediately respond to ABC News’ for a request for comment.

“We extinguished the initial fire very quickly,” Murphy said. Shortly afterwards, the firefighters saw gas and steam coming off the car- which began venting gas, which Murphy said they believed was a sign of batteries burning.

He said his crew again doused the car with water before flames could erupt and contacted Tesla, which recommended propping up the car to access its underbody where the battery is located, Murphy said.

They continued to monitor the car for about 6 hours to ensure there was no lingering heat, Murphy added. His crew doused it with an estimated 2,000 gallons of water.

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  1. ivan says:

    And they are using those batteries to prop up solar panels for when the sun isn’t shining and the wind isn’t blowing. A powerwall ™ in every house – no thanks.

  2. Anyone who buys a Tesla has to be stupid. It is not safe, is unsuitable for long distance driving, and it is likely Tesla will become Bankrupt. The stupidity goes further than the car. These people think they are doing something to save the world when their effort actually makes things worse. This vehicle tied up firefighters for 16 hours , wasted a lot of water, (the owner should pay for both) and put a lot actual pollution (smoke, fumes from plastics, carbon soot etc) into the air beside a lot of clean CO2 gas

  3. Stephen Richards says:

    ivan says:
    December 23, 2018 at 11:58 am

    I cannot remember the exact details but the principle remains. A town council has banned the installation of Tesla batteries near houses for just this reason.

  4. Bitter@twisted says:

    Anyone who buys anything from “Enron” Musk, needs their head examining.
    Fools and their money are soon parted.
    At least no one was hurt.

  5. stpaulchuck says:

    another fad like the initial buyers of the Toyota Pious. In the end the Pious creates more per mile pollution than an H1 Hummer. A significant part of it is the batteries of course.

  6. Looks like firefighters may need EV-extinguisher units, carrying LN2 to definitively remove the heat from the batteries facilitating safe disassembly. By chainsaw.

  7. oldbrew says:

    Fuel burners are not immune to fire problems…

    South Korea to fine BMW $10 mn over engine fires response
    December 24, 2018

    South Korea said Monday it will fine German automaker BMW 11.2 billion won ($10 million) for allegedly dragging its feet in recalling cars with faulty engines linked to dozens of engine fires.

    BMW vehicles bursting into flames made headlines in South Korea earlier this year, with local media reporting more than 40 cases in 2018 and some parking lots refusing to accept BMW cars over fears they could catch fire.

    The auto giant recalled more than 170,000 vehicles in South Korea with a faulty exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) cooler, which the firm blamed for the fires.

    Bayerischer Mist Wagen 😉

  8. Dave Ward says:

    “Fuel burners are not immune to fire problems…”

    At least they don’t re-ignite repeatedly like Li-Ion battery packs have a tendency to do…

  9. Pouring water on a battery fire sounds like a bad idea. Putting out battery fires seems like another good use of CO2.

  10. Sailot1031 says:

    Right – i’m going to get right up close and prop up a burning car. This doesn’t strike me as helpful advice. And has the fire dept never heard of foam? who TF puts out an electrical fire with water?

  11. oldbrew says:

    More bad news for Tesla…

    Nikkei: China to slash EV subsidies 30% next year
    26 December 2018

    The Chinese government will reduce subsidies for EV purchases by about a third in 2019, according to a report in the Nikkei Asian Review.

    China plans to completely end the subsidies in 2020 under a phaseout that began last year. This prediction is backed up by the Securities Times, published under the official People’s Daily.

    “If subsidies for popular models are steeply reduced, sales could soften,” an executive at a major Chinese automaker said.