Authorities Investigating Tesla Model S That Caught Fire In San Francisco Garage

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.

Also Read: Tesla Model S Seems To Self-Combust While Sitting In A Parking Lot

Taking to Twitter, the San Francisco Fire Department confirmed that the Tesla was not plugged in at the time of the blaze.

In a statement issued to Business Insider, the electric car manufacturer said that it had yet to receive any information that indicated an issue with the car was the cause of the fire.

“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.

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  • Loquacious Borborygmus

    It hasn’t been recently resprayed white having been brought in from Texas, has it?

  • Richard Alexander


  • stockinbug

    I’d just like to point out that every Tesla fire reported in the media has been a Model S or (more rarely) a Model X. ZERO Model 3 cars have caught fire. And bear in mind that Model 3 now makes up about half of Tesla’s approximately 500,000 cars worldwide.

    Model 3 uses a different cell and battery design. I believe that Tesla has designed a much safer battery pack for the Model 3 (not that the handful of Model S fires makes the car any less safe than a typical gas auto.)

    I’m hoping that Tesla is applying the same battery safeguards in the Model 3 pack to their new redesign on the Models S and X this year.

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