Did an EV start dealership fire?

Investigations are ongoing as Vauxhall dealership set ablaze

Did an EV start dealership fire?
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Lee Alford, station manager at Avon and Fire Rescue Service, stated that crews have “reason to believe” the fire was started by an EV, but investigations are ongoing.

The fire began at the Drive Vauxhall Bristol North premises, leading to the closure of a major road in north Bristol. At least 25 cars were involved in the fire, which is believed to be “accidental”.

No injuries were reported. Fire crews from Patchway, Southmead, Temple, and Thornbury attended the scene, where thick black smoke was seen rising. An eyewitness reported seeing “huge great plumes of black thick smoke” and “two or three” cars on fire.

Mr Alford noted that the first car was “fully engulfed” by the time fire crews arrived, and the heat quickly spread to surrounding cars. He added that more than 25 cars were involved in total. The fire service plans to re-inspect the cars in the coming days, and the Drive Motor Group is assisting with the investigation.

Avon Fire and Rescue Service confirmed that ten firefighters wore breathing apparatus for safety and that the service is still on site to check for any remaining hotspots and ensure the safety of the scene.

Source: BBC News

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