Tesla catches fire in homeowner’s driveway on Thanksgiving

Photo courtesy of Nextdoor user KP Reilly

A black Tesla ignited in a homeowner’s driveway on Thanksgiving morning in the Westridge neighborhood of Valencia, according to firefighters with Fire Station 124.  

The flames broke out near the front trunk of the vehicle and nearly burned the entire car.  

Firefighter Freeman, from Station 124, said they were able to put the fire out quickly.  

“I was actually the firefighter to put the fire out,” said Freeman. “I got off the rig, grabbed the hose line and immediately went to attack the fire. It was pretty much contained to the front part of the car – I guess where the engine would have been if it was a regular vehicle. It probably got into the dashboard area from there.” 

Freeman said as soon as the fire was extinguished, they were off to another call and weren’t able to immediately determine the cause of the fire.  

The fire was first reported on the Nextdoor app by someone with the username KP Reilly, whose post also included video of the fire. Reilly said the owner of the car had left it charging in the driveway when she got an alert that her car had malfunctioned. She then discovered it in flames.  

“Neighbors tried fire extinguishers, to no avail, until fire and police arrived,” wrote Reilly in a message to The Signal.  

The cause of the fire is unknown at the time of this publication.  

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