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General Motors Scheduled To Investigate Chevrolet Volt's Role in Fire At Barkhamsted Home
Ctnow.com ^ | 4-18-2011 | JANICE PODSADA

Posted on 04/18/2011 11:42:09 AM PDT by raybbr

A fire apparently reignited inside the battery of a new Chevrolet Volt car early Monday, less than five days after the Volt, an electric hybrid, was involved in a blaze that destroyed a Barkhamsted garage where it had been plugged in for recharging.

Local authorities have been investigating whether Thursday's blaze was sparked by the Volt, but had not yet determined a cause when the fire rekindled.

"The rekindle this morning really adds to the mystery," Barkhamsted Fire Marshal Bill Baldwin said today.

Representatives from General Motors, the vehicle's manufacturer plan, are scheduled to arrive in Barkhamsted this evening to examine the car, Baldwin said.

The hybrid electric car was not plugged in this morning when the fire rekindled, Baldwin said.

The first fire, which occurred last Thursday about 5 a.m., destroyed the attached garage, the Chevrolet Volt and a Suzuki vehicle that had been converted so that it too ran on electricity. The homeowners had apparently plugged both vehicles in for recharging when Thursday's fire broke out.

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KEYWORDS: chevyvolt; electric; gm; governmentmotors; hybrid; volt

1 posted on 04/18/2011 11:42:14 AM PDT by raybbr
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To: raybbr

2 posted on 04/18/2011 11:45:56 AM PDT by SnuffaBolshevik
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To: raybbr

Unintended consequences...


3 posted on 04/18/2011 11:48:50 AM PDT by American Quilter (DEFUND OBAMACARE.)
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To: raybbr

Doe.


4 posted on 04/18/2011 11:50:38 AM PDT by Avery Iota Kracker (He hate me.)
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To: raybbr

Wonder how many volts a Volt recharge pulls?


5 posted on 04/18/2011 11:50:52 AM PDT by Will88
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To: raybbr
Like a laptop fire, only bigger.


6 posted on 04/18/2011 11:51:47 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: American Quilter

WANT!!!!

OHHHH!!! I wanna car that will burn my house down and catch on fire later too!

Lord Steve said I need one of these and to trade my old clunker in for it.

I’m gonna.

The car sums up Obama perfectly / Just when you think he’s done enough damage, he does even more without any provication.


7 posted on 04/18/2011 11:53:27 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: raybbr
Volt's advantages:

1. Extra heat for winter driving.

2. For smokers, no cigarette lighter needed.

3. Coming soon, mandated 'Park and Burn' parking spaces.

4. Purchase on July 3rd and enjoy a spectacular July 4th.

8 posted on 04/18/2011 11:54:07 AM PDT by JPG ("Mr. President, GAME ON." - Sarah Palin)
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To: raybbr

Why is the Fire Marshal not looking into this but letting GM do it. Smacks of letting the fox guard the hen house.


9 posted on 04/18/2011 11:54:36 AM PDT by Mouton (Voting is an opiate of the electorate. Nothing changes no matter who wins..)
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To: raybbr
I keep having this daydream about the Volt being discussed by the characters on "Mad Men" as they search for a slogan:

"Not as bad as the Hindenburg!"

"Combines the fun of driving and fire-fighting!"

"Comes with a one year supply of SPF 200..."

"It's a car! It's a microwave!"

10 posted on 04/18/2011 11:57:30 AM PDT by pabianice
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To: raybbr

I wonder when the MSM enemedia will pick up this story. /sarc


11 posted on 04/18/2011 11:59:47 AM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: Norm Lenhart

If the reignited fire was caused by the volt automobile,- does that mean it would be called “revolting?”


12 posted on 04/18/2011 12:00:29 PM PDT by aloppoct (stucnsf)
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To: pabianice

A green vehicle. “It recycles itself into carbon!”


13 posted on 04/18/2011 12:00:29 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: American Quilter

(.)bama’s plan to aid the home construction industry: the Volt.


14 posted on 04/18/2011 12:02:57 PM PDT by Mouton (Voting is an opiate of the electorate. Nothing changes no matter who wins..)
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To: aloppoct

“revolting”

That’s not only funny but precise.


15 posted on 04/18/2011 12:08:32 PM PDT by shove_it (just undo it)
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To: raybbr
...and a Suzuki vehicle that had been converted...

How did that garage fire impact the environment? Liberal ignorance is epic.

16 posted on 04/18/2011 12:08:39 PM PDT by ConservaTexan (February 6, 1911)
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To: raybbr

The “Volt’s Role”? He was playing Marc Antony. “I come here not to praise Caesar, but to burn his garage down.” It just doesn’t get any better than the classics.


17 posted on 04/18/2011 12:08:49 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: raybbr

This is proof of the advance of technology brought to you by GM. With the old Pinto someone had to ram you before it would burst into flame. But the new PintoVolt will burst into flame while standing still in the garage. Be the envy of car bombers everywhere and shell out $41,000 for the new PintoVolt by Government Motors. /sarc


18 posted on 04/18/2011 12:21:19 PM PDT by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: shove_it

I wonder that in the last days of the Roman Empire or the waning moments of WW2 in Germany people joked because it was just too too sad to simply cry. The insanity in this country just has to stop !


19 posted on 04/18/2011 12:24:15 PM PDT by aloppoct (stucnsf)
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To: pabianice

I am a firefighter and I would tell my crew to stage a perimeter protection and wear full turnout gear and SCBA within 100 feet of the inferno....


20 posted on 04/18/2011 12:27:49 PM PDT by Shady (Our quest is to rebuild the United States of America as it was founded by the Founders!)
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To: steelyourfaith

Saving the environment ping


21 posted on 04/18/2011 12:30:12 PM PDT by raybbr (People who still support Obama are either a Marxist or a moron.)
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To: Mouton

Nothing to see here.
Move along.


22 posted on 04/18/2011 12:31:45 PM PDT by Aroostook25
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To: raybbr
Windmills killing wildlife and adding to noise pollution, CFL light bulbs spreading mercury poisoning and causing fires, and now obama's beloved Volt is causing fires...can liberals do ANYTHING right?


DemBeav


23 posted on 04/18/2011 12:32:36 PM PDT by FrankR (The Evil Are Powerless If The Good Are Unafraid! - R. Reagan)
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To: raybbr
The first fire, which occurred last Thursday about 5 a.m., destroyed the attached garage, the Chevrolet Volt and a Suzuki vehicle that had been converted so that it too ran on electricity.

the

SMUG ALERT

Anyone with two Hybrids is in danger of being fatally smug.

24 posted on 04/18/2011 12:43:11 PM PDT by Pontiac
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To: GonzoGOP

I wish you hadn’t posted that. Suicide bombers everywhere will want one. Of course that might be good for GM.


25 posted on 04/18/2011 12:45:57 PM PDT by meatloaf
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To: raybbr; grey_whiskers; WL-law; IrishCatholic; Whenifhow; SolitaryMan; mmanager; markomalley; ...
If it's "green" ... it's crap.

Thanx for the ping raybbr !

 


Beam me to Planet Gore !

26 posted on 04/18/2011 12:47:44 PM PDT by steelyourfaith (If it's "green" ... it's crap.)
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To: raybbr

So the dolt get’s 93 MPG(on electric)...AND smoke a pork butt in 93 minutes???...great deal!


27 posted on 04/18/2011 12:49:06 PM PDT by RckyRaCoCo (I prefer liberty with danger to peace with slavery, IXNAY THE TSA!)
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To: Will88

Not volts, amps. Amps are the actual current flow. Volts is the “pressure”. Good question though. I would guess that the charger had a built in regulator that would limit the amperage to whatever the wiring and/or battery were rated for.

I’m guessing it would be pretty easy for any experienced fire investigator to determine the origin of the fire.


28 posted on 04/18/2011 12:49:53 PM PDT by technically right
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To: GonzoGOP

No need to spend that kinda bucks. My 95 F150 did the same thing about 6 AM on a Sunday morning sitting in front of my house. Ford said TS, file a claim with my insurance. They are all crooked as a dogs hind leg.


29 posted on 04/18/2011 1:35:46 PM PDT by biff
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To: technically right

Yes amps. Got caught up in the rhyme, but when people have another item that has to be plugged in for long periods of time, it will increase the possibility of overloaded circuits, or problems with faulty outlets. I’d guess it pulls at least a few amps. And if the things stay on for the entire charge (not on and off like a refrigerator), that would make problems even more likely.


30 posted on 04/18/2011 1:41:35 PM PDT by Will88
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To: Mouton
"Why is the Fire Marshal not looking into this but letting GM do it. "

Because the Fire Marshal got his marching orders from the Government to back off. See Atlas Shrugged Part I.

Who is John Galt?

31 posted on 04/21/2011 9:23:40 AM PDT by wmileo
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