Electric vehicle spontaneously caught fire while driving on the highway
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The battery compartment of an electric vehicle spontaneously caught fire while it was traveling on the freeway, according to the Metro Fire Department of Sacramento.
According to a tweet the fire crew arrived to a Tesla Model S engulfed in flames,but nothing unusual prior. Two fire engines, a water tender, and a ladder truck were requested to assist. Crews used jacks to access the underside to extinguish and cool the battery.
In a second tweet from the incident scene, the Sacramento fire crew had determined that vehicle battery compartment spontaneously caught fire while it was traveling freeway speeds on EB Hwy 50. The fire was extinguished with approximately 6,000 gallons ( 23, 000 liters) of water, as the battery cells continued to combust.
"Thankfully no injuries were reported", the tweet added.
Damaged EV kept reigniting three weeks after crash
According to an article on FireEngineering.com, it’s not the first time Metro Fire crews have worked hard to put out a Tesla battery fire. In June 2022, a white Tesla burst into flames and kept reigniting at a California wrecking yard. The car had been involved in a crash three weeks prior and had “major damage,” fire officials said.
The Sacramento Metro Fire Department also tweeted a copy of Tesla´s extinguishing safety card, in a response as to why they had chosen to use water on the battery fire.