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Fire Department: Electric vehicle appears to catch fire spontaneously on South Coast, reignites 30 minutes later



Photo courtesy of Wareham Fire Department

A vehicle on the South Coast appears to have burst into flames spontaneously.

According to the Wareham Fire Department, on Saturday, at about 4:15 a.m., Wareham Fire responded to the report of a vehicle fire next to a home in Great Hill Estates.

Shift 1 on Engine 1, Engine 5, Squad 2, C-1(Chief John Kelley) and C-3 (Assistant Chief Mark Rogers) responded.

The first arriving crews encountered an electric car on fire in the driveway with multiple exposure issues. After knocking down the initial fire, firefighters continued to wet the vehicle down, and approximately 30 minutes later, the fire again flared up.

Firefighters remained on the scene for about three hours using over 11,000 gallons of water to ensure the fire was extinguished. The fire appeared to have started spontaneously, as the car had already been charged.

Wareham Police Department and Wareham EMS Local 2895 assisted at the scene, and there were no injuries.

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



  1. Runs on gas

    August 7, 2023 at 9:49 am

    More and more vehicle fires. No one states WHAT TYPE OF VEHICLE! Give me gas run all day long.

  2. TriggeredByFossilFuels

    August 7, 2023 at 2:40 pm

    Try walking!

  3. Ken Masson

    August 8, 2023 at 7:51 am

    These cars were under recall because general motors knew they had defective battery packs and this one was under the recall but general motors ran out of batteries. It’s called growing pains of a new technology. But like everything the technology is evolving and multiple companies including Toyota that have solid state batteries coming that won’t have this problem and will have twice the energy density.

    Hyundai has ANOTHER massive recall because the high pressure fuel pump for the direct injection is leaking causing fires.

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