A Tesla sitting in a wrecking yard for weeks caught fire. Authorities say it kept reigniting

Sacramento area firefighters put out their first Tesla vehicle fire earlier this month, but authorities said it wouldn’t go out with normal methods.Video shows the Tesla fully engulfed in flames when Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District crews arrived. It “took a significant amount of time, water, and thinking outside the box to extinguish,” the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District said in a social media post on June 11.The car kept reigniting and “off-gassing in the battery compartment,” according to authorities. The car was at a local wrecking yard due to being in a crash a few weeks prior. Firefighters worked with the crews at the wrecking yard to move the Tesla on its side. Crews directly sprayed the battery compartment under the car, but it still kept reigniting. A small pit was created to put the car inside. Firefighters filled the pit with water, which fully submerged the battery compartment, authorities said. “The pit ultimately reduced the total amount of water needed, estimated at 4,500 gallons, and limited the runoff of contaminated water,” Metro Fire said. After quite a bit of work, the vehicle fire was fully extinguished.No one was reported to be injured.

Sacramento area firefighters put out their first Tesla vehicle fire earlier this month, but authorities said it wouldn’t go out with normal methods.

Video shows the Tesla fully engulfed in flames when Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District crews arrived.

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It “took a significant amount of time, water, and thinking outside the box to extinguish,” the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District said in a social media post on June 11.

The car kept reigniting and “off-gassing in the battery compartment,” according to authorities.

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The car was at a local wrecking yard due to being in a crash a few weeks prior. Firefighters worked with the crews at the wrecking yard to move the Tesla on its side. Crews directly sprayed the battery compartment under the car, but it still kept reigniting.

A small pit was created to put the car inside. Firefighters filled the pit with water, which fully submerged the battery compartment, authorities said.

“The pit ultimately reduced the total amount of water needed, estimated at 4,500 gallons, and limited the runoff of contaminated water,” Metro Fire said.

After quite a bit of work, the vehicle fire was fully extinguished.

No one was reported to be injured.

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