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Electric car spontaneously catches fire in Mass. home’s driveway

Police in southeastern Massachusetts are investigating after an electric car caught fire in a driveway this weekend. Wareham firefighters responded to a report of a car fire at about 4:15 a.m. Saturday. Crews found a 2021 Chevy Bolt on fire in a driveway. The owner of the car said she heard a loud sound and then the car started smoking. “It sounded like a big poof. And he looked to the window, and he saw the smoke,” said car owner Ann Thomas, describing when she and her husband were awoken by a strange sound. Within minutes, the car was engulfed in flames. After knocking down the initial fire, firefighters continued to wet the vehicle down, and approximately 30 minutes later, the fire flared up again.”We had to control the hazard we had there and try to cool off the batteries. We’re very fortunate — a few weeks before that we bought some specialized equipment to help us with that type of job,” said Wareham Fire Chief John Kelley. “So we’re very fortunate, we did use that that morning.”Firefighters remained on the scene for about three hours using more than 11,000 gallons of water to make sure the fire was extinguished.The fire appeared to have started spontaneously, as the car had already been charged, fire officials said.The car was taken to Marc’s Towing and Recovery, where it’s been strategically positioned far away from other vehicles in case it spontaneously ignites again.Thomas has been leasing the electric car for almost three years, and the only hint something could go wrong with it was a recall on the car’s lithium-ion battery.”But they had no batteries to give us. So, we were waiting,” she said.Thomas said the fire has turned her off wanting another electric vehicle.”I mean, I could have been driving that thing. I mean, that could have been so much worse, you know? We could have lost our home and our camper,” she said.No injuries were reported.”If this vehicle had been parked in a garage the results could have been disastrous. Additionally, electric vehicle fires are difficult to fight and present unique challenges,” Kelley said.Rossen Reports: Is this the best time to buy an electric vehicle?

Police in southeastern Massachusetts are investigating after an electric car caught fire in a driveway this weekend.

Wareham firefighters responded to a report of a car fire at about 4:15 a.m. Saturday. Crews found a 2021 Chevy Bolt on fire in a driveway.

The owner of the car said she heard a loud sound and then the car started smoking.

“It sounded like a big poof. And he looked to the window, and he saw the smoke,” said car owner Ann Thomas, describing when she and her husband were awoken by a strange sound.

Within minutes, the car was engulfed in flames.

After knocking down the initial fire, firefighters continued to wet the vehicle down, and approximately 30 minutes later, the fire flared up again.

“We had to control the hazard we had there and try to cool off the batteries. We’re very fortunate — a few weeks before that we bought some specialized equipment to help us with that type of job,” said Wareham Fire Chief John Kelley. “So we’re very fortunate, we did use that that morning.”

Firefighters remained on the scene for about three hours using more than 11,000 gallons of water to make sure the fire was extinguished.

wareham electric car fire.

Wareham Fire

Wareham electric car fire. 

The fire appeared to have started spontaneously, as the car had already been charged, fire officials said.

The car was taken to Marc’s Towing and Recovery, where it’s been strategically positioned far away from other vehicles in case it spontaneously ignites again.

Thomas has been leasing the electric car for almost three years, and the only hint something could go wrong with it was a recall on the car’s lithium-ion battery.

“But they had no batteries to give us. So, we were waiting,” she said.

Thomas said the fire has turned her off wanting another electric vehicle.

wareham electric car fire.

Wareham Fire

Wareham electric car fire. 

“I mean, I could have been driving that thing. I mean, that could have been so much worse, you know? We could have lost our home and our camper,” she said.

No injuries were reported.

“If this vehicle had been parked in a garage the results could have been disastrous. Additionally, electric vehicle fires are difficult to fight and present unique challenges,” Kelley said.

Rossen Reports: Is this the best time to buy an electric vehicle?

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