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Coquitlam fire chief says no issues battling Tesla blaze
April 25, 2019  David Carrigg

The driver of this Tesla SUV was killed when the vehicle struck a pole and
burst into flames on the Lougheed Highwat in Coquitlam on March 18, 2019.
PNG Merlin Archive Shane MacKichan photo / PNG
The driver of this Tesla SUV was killed when the vehicle struck a pole and
burst into flames on the Lougheed Highwat in Coquitlam on March 18, 2019.
Shane MacKichan photo / PNG

Tesla car blows up in flames in China
TESLA BATTERY FIRE: Actress Mary McCormack posts Twitter video of husband's
Model S Tesla on fire ...

A Tesla blaze in Coquitlam took no extra effort to douse, according to fire
and rescue chief Jim Ogloff.

Ogloff was responding to questions in light of concerns raised around
putting out Tesla battery fires.

“There were no issues with the incident itself in terms of extinguishment,”
said Ogloff, referring to the early-morning blaze on the Lougheed Highway on
March 18. The sole occupant of the vehicle died at the scene.

“It was a single vehicle accident, the car hit a lamppost at what we were
advised was likely at a very high speed,” Ogloff said. “The impact of the
car was such that it split the casing of the battery. In terms of
extinguishment they put the car fire out, but the battery cells retained
heat so it was puffing smoke and continued to puff smoke.”

As a result, firefighters stayed longer at the scene than they would have
had it been a regular gasoline-powered vehicle fire.

Ogloff said firefighters were guided by an onboard computer program that
tells first responders any safety features and any cautionary identifiers
for all types of motor vehicles, including electric vehicles.

“They have some tools in the tool box before they approach a vehicle fire,”
he said, adding that in this case firefighters used foam to douse the blaze.

According to a Bloomberg [
] report published last month, firefighters in the U.S. have struggled
putting out Tesla fires once the lithium-ion battery packs catch fire.

“With more than 760,000 electric and plug-in vehicles on the road in the
U.S., according to the International Energy Agency, emergency responders
with little past exposure to these cars are becoming more likely to
encounter one at a crash scene,” the report states.  The U.S. National
Transportation Safety Board is already investigating multiple incidents
involving EV battery fires and problems encountered by emergency personnel.”

As a result, emergency responders are being given special battery-related
fire training. According to the report, one of the first things responders
learn is never to cut orange cable which carries the high-voltage wires
needed in electric vehicles.

Tesla, which announced a $702-million loss for the last quarter due to a
decline in sales, is currently dealing with three incidents in which it
appears the car’s energy-dense battery caught fire spontaneously.

They include an April 16 report on a Tesla car fire near Pittsburgh that
took place in a garage where the car had been taken after earlier catching

Also, last December, American actress Mary McCormack posted on social media
video of her husband’s Tesla on fire in L.A. Tesla responded to that video
stating: “This is an extraordinarily unusual occurrence and we are
investigating the incident to find out what happened.”

It went on to say the battery casing was designed so that the cabin is
protected in the event of a fire.

Most recently, Tesla is investigating video footage released of a parked
Tesla in China apparently catching fire spontaneously.
Coquitlam /ko??kw?tl?m/ is a city in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia,

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Tesla: Tesla Cars Are Ten Times Less Likely To Experience Fire Than
Apr 22, 2019  Tesla tells KDKA its cars are ten times less likely to
experience a fire than a gas powered car and it is constantly working to
improve the safety of its cars and batteries ... National stats bear that
out with the ratio of gas powered car fires to electric car fires 52,000 to
one ...

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