Northern California firefighters used 4500 gallons water to extinguish a Tesla Model S fire that had spontaneously erupted into flames. The Sacramento Fire District reported that the firefighters also used 4,500 Gallons of water.
After suffering major injury in an accident three weeks earlier, the car was to be destroyed when it caught fire.
“The vehicle was fully involved with fire on arrival, and took a significant amount of time, water, and thinking outside the box to extinguish,” the department said, noting it was Metro fire’s first Tesla fire.
“Crews knocked the fire down, but the car kept re-igniting and off-gassing in the battery compartment. Working with the on-site wrecking yard personnel, the Tesla was moved on its side to gain access to the battery compartment underneath.”
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According to the department’s analysis, even direct penetration could not stop the car from igniting due to residual heat. Finally, the department had to create a small pit inside the vehicle and then fill it up with approximately 4,500 gallons water.
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“The pit ultimately reduced the total amount of water needed,”The department stated “and limited the runoff of contaminated water.”
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There have been no reports of injuries.
The fire-prone nature of Teslas and other electric vehicles has been a problem. The vehicles’ lithium-ion cells keep the fires burning till the end. This makes it difficult to put out flames. According to the guide provided to first responders, it can take up to 24 hours for the Tesla Model S to be extinguished.
Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors admitted that there was a problem last year. “more challenges than expected”The new battery pack for the Model S and X was developed. “It took quite a bit of development to ensure that the battery of the new S and X is safe,”According to CNBC, he stated that at the time.
Fox News reached out to Tesla for comments but they didn’t respond immediately.
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