Not long after a Tesla Model S appeared to spontaneously combust in a Chinese parking garage, the San Francisco Fire Department has announced that it is investigating the cause of another that was wrecked by a blaze in a local garage.
ABC 7 News reports that the fire department responded to calls of a car fire around midnight last Thursday on the 1300 block of 26th Avenue near Irvington Street.
Crews discovered a Model S with a considerable amount of smoke coming out of its right rear end. While it has yet to be confirmed if the fire was coming from the battery, fire crews were able to quickly extinguish the flames and cut all the electric leads in the car to avoid further fires. The Tesla was then removed from the garage.
Taking to Twitter, the San Francisco Fire Department confirmed that the Tesla was not plugged in at the time of the blaze.
“Tesla cars are approximately 10 times less likely to experience a fire than gas cars. In this instance, we have not received any information to indicate that this fire was a result of any issues with the car itself. Still, we believe that even a factor of ten fewer fires per vehicle for electric cars is too many, and we aspire to be as close to zero as we can,” Tesla said.
1 of 2–Last night at 0020 hours, the Department responded to a reported car fire inside a garage on the 1300 block of 26th AVE. Crews located a Tesla Model s, NOT plugged in, with smoke observed near the rear right tire. The vehicle fire was extinguished with no damage to the — pic.twitter.com/Qdrg7PSket
— SAN FRANCISCO FIRE DEPARTMENT (@SFFDPIO) May 3, 2019