Tesla continues to go up in flames, California fire officials say

A white Tesla caught fire — then it caught fire again at a California scrap yard, firefighters said.

Firefighters responded to a scrapyard in Sacramento and found the car engulfed in flames, the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District said in a June 11 Facebook post.

A video shows how thick plumes of smoke come out of the damaged vehicle.

The car had been involved in a crash three weeks earlier and suffered “major damage,” firefighters said. It was on the scrapyard to be dismantled.

When the crew tried to put out the fire with water, it ignited again and continued to vent out of the battery compartment, firefighters said.

Firefighters turned the car on its side to gain access to the battery below, but they still couldn’t extinguish the flames.

In the end, firefighters and demolition workers dug a hole, placed the vehicle in it and filled it with water, officials said.

The battery compartment was submerged in water and the flames went out.

Firefighters said the well helped reduce the amount of water they needed.

There were no injuries. This was the first Tesla fire firefighters have seen, officials said.

Helena Wegner is a McClatchy National Real-Time Reporter who covers Washington State and the Western Region. She is a journalism graduate of Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She is based in Phoenix.

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