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Connecticut Chevy Volt Reignites Itself, 5 Days After Fire

And the craziest thing; it was unplugged this time.

A hybrid electric Chevrolet Volt believed to have sparked an overnight blaze in a garage in Barkhamsted last week, reignited again on Monday.

The state fire marshal’s office is investigating how the electric car parked at a Center Hill Road home caught fire Monday morning.

Last week, homeowners Storm Connors and his wife, Dee, woke up to the sound of a smoke alarm around 4 a.m.

The couple’s garage, where they parked their new Chevrolet Volt hybrid, was on fire. Firefighters were able to put out the blaze. A firewall built between the home and the garage saved their home.

Investigators with the state fire marshal’s office and the couple’s insurance company, at the time, suspected the hybrid car have had something to do with the blaze.

On Monday morning, firefighters were called back to the home when the car caught fire again.

The fire is under investigation.

They let him keep the charred car in his driveway or burned remains of his garage, just sitting there?

UPDATE: GM says they have gotten their engineers on the scene and inspected the Volt in question.  Here’s their findings:

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.

Ah, that explains why the cars were still sitting there…but they do not explain the second fire.

Quaint.

One can understand that GM’s got quite the public relations nightmare on their hands here.  The Volt is supposed to be not just a “Halo Car” for them, but it’s future in a possible dominance in any sort of Electric Vehicle market.  Things like this blow up those dreams.

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  • “Chestnuts roasting in the Chevy car/
    Jack Frost’s left the neighborhood/

    …so, it’s been said, many times, many ways/
    You’re a Greenie, screw you!

  • Robert

    And Neil Young’s Lincvolt went up in smoke too…guess wet dreams and electricity don’t mix after all…..