The St. Louis Fire Department responded to a call regarding a house fire early Monday morning. The cause of the fire was determined to be a Tesla that burst into flames during the dead of night. Fortunately, the flames were extinguished and no one was hurt.
KMOV reports that the fire department received a report of a fire at a home in Webster Groves, St. Louis, early on Monday morning. At roughly 3:00 a.m., emergency responders received a call from a residence in the 400 block of Pasadena Avenue.
This isn’t the first instance of a Tesla vehicle making headlines for bursting into flames unexpectedly. Throughout 2022 there have been several high profile stories involving the EV’s dangerously igniting.
According to a story from Breitbart in June, one Tesla caught fire and required 4,500 gallons of water put it out:
In social media posts, the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District (SMFD) noted that the vehicle, which Ronan Glon of AutoBlog points out is a Model S, was sitting in a wrecking yard when it caught on fire. The electric car had been in the yard for weeks following a severe accident, and it was the SMFD’s first experience with a fire in one of Elon Musk’s Teslas.
“The vehicle was fully involved with fire on arrival, and took a significant amount of time, water, and thinking outside the box to extinguish,” according to the SMFD. “Crews knocked the fire down, but the car kept re-igniting and off-gassing in the battery compartment.”
With the aid of personnel at the wrecking yard, the car was placed on its side so firefighters could reach the battery compartment, but even “with direct penetration, the vehicle would still re-ignite due to the residual heat,” according to the SMFD.
The crew had to get creative to battle the stubborn blaze. They dug a ditch and placed the Model S in it before filling the ditch with water.
“The pit ultimately reduced the total amount of water needed, estimated at 4500 gallons, and limited the runoff of contaminated water,” according to the fire district. “The vehicle was fully extinguished, and no injuries were reported.”
Breitbart also reported on a story this fall involving a man who was killed after his Tesla burst into flames upon striking a tree:
A Tesla driver was killed early on Saturday morning in Manatee County, Florida, when his car hit a tree along I-75 and burst into flames.
ABC 7 reports that the driver of a Tesla was killed early on Saturday when his car burst into flames following a collision with a tree along the I-75, according to Florida Highway Patrol. Investigators stated that a man was driving a Tesla southbound when he lost control of his car.
The car veered onto the highway shoulder and into a ditch where it hit a tree and caught fire. The driver was unable to exit the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene. The man has yet to be identified.
Breitbart News has reported extensively on many Tesla vehicles catching fire after a crash. In September, Breitbart News reported that another Tesla caused major issues after catching fire with firefighters in Stamford, Connecticut, struggling to put out the blaze. Breitbart News previously reported that fire departments have begun recognizing that electric vehicle fires pose a significant danger and need further training to handle them appropriately.
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