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Car Catches Fire Inside Garage
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Firefighters responded to the scene just shortly after 9 o'clock this morning.
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Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services responded to a structure fire this morning, just shortly after 9 o’clock, at 2691 Trinity Church Road off Free Home Highway.
Firefighters arrived on scene to find smoke coming from inside the garage. The homeowner stated that all of his smoke alarms started going off and he went outside to find smoke coming from an adjoining garage. The fire appeared to be coming from a 2019 Chevy Bolt electric vehicle. The vehicle was pulled from the garage; however, it had already received extensive damage. Another vehicle inside the garage, a 2017 Dodge Ram, received some smoke damage.
According to Battalion Chief, Ricky Collett, “Firefighters worked hard to keep the fire from spreading to the house that was next to the garage.” The fire is under investigation, however, General Motors reported last month that all 2019-2020 Bolt EVs are now being recalled because of one and, in some cases, two defects in the battery cells that could lead to fire.
No injuries have been reported.
 

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Saw this on reddit: Cherokee County Fire Department | Cherokee County, GA, USA

Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services responded to a structure fire this morning, just shortly after 9 o’clock, at 2691 Trinity Church Road off Free Home Highway.


Firefighters arrived on scene to find smoke coming from inside the garage. The homeowner stated that all of his smoke alarms started going off and he went outside to find smoke coming from an adjoining garage. The fire appeared to be coming from a 2019 Chevy Bolt electric vehicle. The vehicle was pulled from the garage; however, it had already received extensive damage. Another vehicle inside the garage, a 2017 Dodge Ram, received some smoke damage.


According to Battalion Chief, Ricky Collett, “Firefighters worked hard to keep the fire from spreading to the house that was next to the garage.” The fire is under investigation, however, General Motors reported last month that all 2019-2020 Bolt EVs are now being recalled because of one and, in some cases, two defects in the battery cells that could lead to fire.


No injuries have been reported.


Posted : September 13, 2021
 

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Ah... so the FD can and some would pull the burning Bolt out. So much for our 'expert opinions' on this board.
 

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Ah... so the FD can and some would pull the burning Bolt out. So much for our 'expert opinions' on this board.
Right - while they won't crawl under an active EV fire to hook something to the frame and they won't fish around in the trunk for a tow eye to install they might be able to hook onto the tow eye if it's already installed. It's cheap and easy extra insurance for your house. You will get questions on WTF is that thing for?
 

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It looks like it wasn't a huge "ball of flames" fire, so the fire department could likely hook a tow line to the bumper and pull it out. Easier for them to fight the fire outside the garage. Now if it had been "burn to the ground" fire like the last one, I bet they wouldn't have tried. "Luckily" this happened during the day and not over night when people are asleep. Luckily is not a word I would use for this though.
 

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Being also discussed at
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https://www.facebook.com/groups/chevyboltevowners/posts/2948367485474858/
. Can someone fix the title on this thread to indicate the location, model year and date?
 

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Ah... so the FD can and some would pull the burning Bolt out. So much for our 'expert opinions' on this board.
Leave firefighting to the experts but a properly protected firefighter could utilize their motorized WINCH (see front bumper of fire truck), steel cable & hook?

Such action might flat spot the tires BEFORE they melt while saving the structure.

Kudos to Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services!
 

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So that’s 12 now.
 

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So what if the owner had been following all of GM's current recommendations? What's next?
Car in garage? At 9am?
To be fair, the parking location has no impact on the probability of a fire. If your point is that parking inside implies the owner may not have been following other parts of the recommendation, that's possible. We also don't know if the car was being charged at the time. We also don't know if it was a 2019 with a battery pack made in Korea or the US. But the point is, we don't know. So speculation is just speculation.
 

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Car in garage? At 9am?
Could have got home from getting donuts and started charging. But mostly the point is that the 90% down to 70 miles gave people the impression that it was supposed to prevent fires, with the not leaving it in the garage as more an "abundance of caution" extra step. This fire could blow up that idea.
 
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