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Fire Department Investigating Suspected Tesla Battery Fire in San Francisco, CA

May 08, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO, CA. – According to a story posted online at, the San Francisco Fire Department has reported that it is in the process of investigating a suspected battery fire involving a Tesla vehicle in the city. The car was reportedly parked in a garage and caught on fire, much like an incident that was recently reported in China.*

Last month, a video showing what seemed like a spontaneous Tesla battery fire spread across Chinese news. The incident occurred on April 21, when a Tesla Model S was parked in a Shanghai parking garage. The video depicts smoke suddenly coming from the hood of the vehicle, followed by a large explosion and fire. 

Less than a month later, fire officials in San Francisco are investigating an incident that sounds extremely similar. A Tesla Model S was reportedly parked in a garage on 26th Avenue in the 1300 block of the road, when smoke started to appear from the vehicle. The car then caught on fire. 

Firefighters have not said whether the fire originated with the Tesla’s battery bank. They did confirm that the car was not plugged in when the fire broke out. Crews extinguished the fire and disconnected all electricals, then had the vehicle towed from the garage. An investigation is underway to determine what happened.

Tesla has said the following in a public statement: “Tesla cars are approximately 10 times less likely to experience a fire than gas cars. In this instance, we have not received any information to indicate that this fire was a result of any issues with the car itself. Still, we believe that even a factor of ten fewer fires per vehicle for electric cars is too many, and we aspire to be as close to zero as we can.” 

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