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Not long ago, a Tesla Model S parked in an underground garage suddenly went up in flames and the entire event was caught on video. The incident happened in Shanghai, China and Tesla immediately sent a team of technicians to figure out what went wrong. The fire was so intense it quickly spread to the Audi parked next to it, which also then burnt to a crisp. Unfortunately, another Model S has caught on fire, this time in Antwerp, Belgium, but also under very different circumstances.
According to local media, via Electrek, the Tesla Model S was plugged in at a Tesla Supercharger when the fire broke out. Both the car and the Supercharger were destroyed. "The driver of the car had parked it at a so-called ‘Supercharger’, a fast charging station, at the Novotel at Luithagen-Haven. When he returned a little later, his Tesla and the supercharger were lit up. Possibly there was a technical problem before charging.”
Because this was no ordinary car fire involving an internal combustion engine, firefighters utilized a different technique to extinguish the flames and to be sure they don’t suddenly reignite. Turns out this technique is rather simple – they submerged the car in a pool of water. "Moments later, the fire was extinguished by the fire department by immersing the car in a container with water. To ensure that the fire does not flare up again, the Tesla, or what remains of it, remained in the water for the rest of the night.”
As you can see by the photos taken in the fire’s aftermath, the flames were quite intense but there are no reports indicating any injuries. Although fires at Supercharging stations are rare, they’re not completely unheard of.
For example, back in 2016 a Model S caught on fire at a Supercharger in Norway. Tesla claimed the incident was caused by a short-circuit in the car, but it remains a mystery why it happened in the first place. Tesla, however, still issued a software update just in case. The automaker also recently updated its battery management software following several Model S fires that broke out and weren’t involved in crashes. Could this latest update be a factor this time? We’re sure Tesla is already aware and working on the situation. Photos courtesy of Marc De Roeck via HLN)