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Mass. firefighters use over 11,000 gallons of water to fight EV fire

Wareham firefighters spent three hours fighting an electric car fire after it spontaneously began to burn


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By Heather Morrison

WAREHAM, Mass. — A fire started “spontaneously” from an electric car early Saturday morning, the Wareham Fire Department said.

At about 4:15 a.m., firefighters battled a blaze that engulfed an electric car that was sitting in a driveway in Wareham’s Great Hill Estates. The fire department shared photos on Facebook.

The firefighters put out the initial fire and continued to wet down the car. About 30 minutes later, the fire started again.


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“Firefighters remained on the scene for about three hours using over 11,000 gallons of water to ensure the fire was extinguished,” the fire department wrote on Facebook.

The department said the car had already been charged and the fire appeared to have started spontaneously. Nobody was injured.

“If this vehicle had been parked in a garage the results could have been disastrous,” said Incident Commander Chief John Kelley. “Additionally, electric vehicle fires are difficult to fight and present unique challenges.”

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