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posted by Cactus on Tuesday February 18 2014, @02:05AM   Printer-friendly
from the plays-with-fire dept.
danomac writes:

Earlier this month, a Tesla parked in a Toronto garage caught fire. This does not seem to be charger related, as the Model S was not plugged in to a charger at the time. While Tesla fires have been in the news lately, this one was unique in that there was no collision involved.

Tesla said it has definitively determined that the Toronto fire did not originate in the battery, the charging system, the adapter or the electrical receptacle, noting that these components were untouched by the fire.

 
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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by TrumpetPower! on Tuesday February 18 2014, @02:20AM

    by TrumpetPower! (590) <ben@trumpetpower.com> on Tuesday February 18 2014, @02:20AM (#1292) Homepage

    Is the owner a smoker?

    b&

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  • (Score: 2, Insightful) by mechanicjay on Tuesday February 18 2014, @02:22AM

    by mechanicjay (7) <{mechanicjay} {at} {soylentnews.org}> on Tuesday February 18 2014, @02:22AM (#1293) Homepage Journal

    Indeed, an oily rag and a match will burn a battery car just as well as a dead-dino burner.

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  • (Score: 1) by TrumpetPower! on Tuesday February 18 2014, @02:23AM

    by TrumpetPower! (590) <ben@trumpetpower.com> on Tuesday February 18 2014, @02:23AM (#1294) Homepage

    ...and, no, I wasn't going for funny, though I am a bit chuffed I got my first FP.

    What I mean is that a smoldering cigarette would seem to be a reasonable suspicion in this particular car fire, as in any other, once you've ruled out the energy-dense systems.

    b&

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  • (Score: 5, Informative) by wjwlsn on Tuesday February 18 2014, @02:34AM

    by wjwlsn (171) on Tuesday February 18 2014, @02:34AM (#1299) Homepage Journal

    The first article linked in the summary shows a few pictures from the garage. It looks to me like the fire was at the front of the vehicle, well away from the passenger compartment, which appeared untouched. The fire patterning above the front of the car supports the idea that the fuel first ignited was at the front of the vehicle and that there was limited spread from that point. I can't tell what the ignition source might have been.

    (I've had fire investigator training to NFPA standards, although my actual experience is pretty limited... and those photos are pretty limited. Who knows, maybe it wasn't the car that started the fire?)

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    • (Score: 2, Interesting) by wjwlsn on Tuesday February 18 2014, @02:38AM

      by wjwlsn (171) on Tuesday February 18 2014, @02:38AM (#1302) Homepage Journal

      Yeah, look at the first photo... all the responders are looking at something towards the front of the vehicle. They're not interested in the rest of the car at all.

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    • (Score: 3, Funny) by lubricus on Tuesday February 18 2014, @08:22AM

      by lubricus (232) on Tuesday February 18 2014, @08:22AM (#1480)

      Maybe the fire was *in front of the car*, which is to say, *in the garage in front of the car*. I still haven't seen any picture that show the car had any fire damage at all. Some pictures of a burnt out front end were actually from the car that struck the trailer hitch.

      If you look at stories with recent updates, they all say that the Tesla was probably not the cause of the fire at all, so here's a revised headline:
      "Tesla Model S caught in garage fire"

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