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Did you buy a Volt? Did you buy a fire extinguisher?

This happened two towns from me. Luckily the family and their home were unscathed. I drove by there yesterday and there was not much evidence of a garage.

Connecticut garage fire destroys Volt and homemade EV - AutoWeek Magazine

Firefighters, GM Engineers Return As Chevrolet Volt Smolders In Garage Destroyed Last Week In Fire - Courant.com
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Homemade EV built by a magician and clown....
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Homemade EV built by a magician and clown....
A HOMEMADE Suzuki Samurai EV that his wife calls "Sparky" . . . .



IMHO, fire was NOT the fault of the VOLT.

On his own blog, the magician and clown reported cobbling a battery charger with higher voltage output than his homemade Samurai's battery pack called for - hey honey, have you seen the fire extinguisher?

"This is certainly not a recommended safe practice" - HIS OWN WORDS!

Thank goodness for the clown built firewall between the home and the garage.

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Electric Car Catches Fire, Again - Connecticut News Story - WFSB Hartford

The Volt caught fire again....

If this report were false, GM's lawyers would sue the hell out of the station and the report would have been gone from the net within minutes....

Most interesting....
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Both the original stories are dated 4/18/11; there is an update from 4/19/11:

UPDATE 4/19/2011:

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Official statement from General Motors on the fire:

Our engineering experts have inspected the Chevrolet Volt severely damaged in a garage fire in Barkhamsted, CT. We believe the findings indicate the Volt was damaged by the fire, not the cause.

The garage and its contents, including the Volt and a hand-built Suzuki Samurai EV, were heavily damaged in last Thursday's fire.

While the Volt's battery pack sustained damage, it was not extensive enough or of the type that would suggest that it caused the fire. In addition, there is clear evidence based on moderate damage to the cordset and charging system that neither component caused the fire.

The vehicles had been left in the garage for investigators and insurers to review when a second incident occurred earlier today. Smoke was seen coming from the damaged Volt and the fire department responded quickly. We continue to support the department in its investigation, sending our experts back to Connecticut to continue working with fire marshals.

We've spent more than a decade developing the technology which went into Volt. As such, it has a wide range of active and passive safety systems to ensure our customers are protected.

The most important thing to remember is that everyone is safe and fire investigators are working diligently to determine the cause. We'll share more information as it becomes available.
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