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Electric Car Catches Fire, Again [Chevy Volt]
wfsb.com ^ | 18 Apr 2011 | unattributed

Posted on 04/18/2011 10:46:22 PM PDT by smokingfrog

BARKHAMSTED,Conn. -- 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.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Connecticut
KEYWORDS: junk; volt
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1 posted on 04/18/2011 10:46:28 PM PDT by smokingfrog
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To: smokingfrog

karma


2 posted on 04/18/2011 10:48:35 PM PDT by 4rcane
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To: 4rcane

........where there is Svolt, there is fire!


3 posted on 04/18/2011 10:50:49 PM PDT by Michigan Bowhunter
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To: smokingfrog

Maybe they should have called them the Chevy Melt.


4 posted on 04/18/2011 10:52:03 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The "Rich" is not obligated to provide anyone with a BIG nanny state government.)
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To: smokingfrog

*snicker*

5 posted on 04/18/2011 10:53:31 PM PDT by libertarian27 (Ingsoc: Department of Life, Department of Liberty, Department of Happiness)
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To: smokingfrog

Why can’t they simply name the Volt something relevant like Chevy Fire or Xplode?


6 posted on 04/18/2011 10:58:13 PM PDT by max americana (FUBO)
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To: smokingfrog
‘Today, Chevy is proud to announce the re-branding of their most successful plug in hybrid car... The Volt will now be known as the Phoenix!’

— How revolting.

7 posted on 04/18/2011 11:00:43 PM PDT by kingu (Legislators should read what they write!)
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To: smokingfrog

“Other than that, how do you like your new Volt?”


8 posted on 04/18/2011 11:04:22 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Shemp was the Fourth Stooge of the Apocalypse.)
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To: smokingfrog

Making more Conservatives day after day after day ...


9 posted on 04/18/2011 11:05:56 PM PDT by namvolunteer (We draw the Congressional districts this time)
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To: smokingfrog
Watts this all about?

In the future, this guy should make sure everything is turned off when he leave the house.

10 posted on 04/18/2011 11:07:42 PM PDT by Kenny Bunk (Qadafi and Obama share a common advantage. No organized opposition.)
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To: smokingfrog

11 posted on 04/18/2011 11:09:06 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: smokingfrog

Just a gosh darn minute! I don’t think the fire is the only thing that should be under investigation, purely in the interest of truth and understanding, that is.


12 posted on 04/18/2011 11:15:44 PM PDT by dr_lew
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To: Liberty Valance

One would have to be concerned about the fusing and control circuitry in that bad boy, especially the field coil.


13 posted on 04/18/2011 11:17:47 PM PDT by The Cajun (Palin, Bachmann, Free Republic, Mark Levin, Rush, Hannity......Nuff said.)
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To: Kenny Bunk

I’m thinking he drove it for a month.
Then it caught fire.
Then he called the insurance agent. “What do you mean it’s not totalled!?”
Then it caught fire. Again.


14 posted on 04/18/2011 11:18:05 PM PDT by 21twelve ( You can go from boom to bust, from dreams to a bowl of dust ... another lost generation.)
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To: max americana
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15 posted on 04/18/2011 11:20:01 PM PDT by Cobra64 (Common sense isn't common anymore.)
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To: smokingfrog

Si why didn’t they unplug the thing after the first fire?


16 posted on 04/18/2011 11:23:03 PM PDT by microgood
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To: Liberty Valance

I always wonder about those things. There’s a huge windfarm along I-65 just north of Layayette, IN ( Purdue ) which extends for about ten miles along the highway. There seems to be hundreds of them. Sometimes they aren’t even turning, or turning lazily. Other times they are turning, but then I’m thinking, “OK, they’re turning, what then?” and I start doing all these calculations in my head, but then I forget about them. I just can’t see that they amount to anything useful.


17 posted on 04/18/2011 11:24:27 PM PDT by dr_lew
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To: smokingfrog
Hey, we really are reliving the 70's again. Carter, fuel problems, inflation and...

The Pinto!


18 posted on 04/18/2011 11:28:24 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: max americana

Chevy Zippo?


19 posted on 04/18/2011 11:28:51 PM PDT by oyez (The difference in genius and stupidity is that genius has limits.)
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To: nobody

Ever buy an electric floor heater or electric blanket, as they get older, due to the heavy current they pull, the cords start getting warm or hot and then need to be replaced as fire hazards...if your smart!

I dont see how a house(the wiring), especially an older or barely to specs house, is any different when you plug a car(electric heater or blanket) into it!


20 posted on 04/18/2011 11:30:11 PM PDT by Beeline
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To: 21twelve
Electric cars have been around since the 1890s and still GM can't figure it out?

The Pius and the Honda thing seem to do OK.

21 posted on 04/18/2011 11:33:35 PM PDT by Kenny Bunk (Qadafi and Obama share a common advantage. No organized opposition.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

I drove a Pinto for 100,000 miles back in the 70’s. It was my first car, delivered for about $2000. I had the 2000cc german engine, which delivered good performance, although I couldn’t keep up with a VW over washboard gravel roads with my leafspring suspension.

It had a monocoque construction, i.e. no frame, and it’s vulnerability in a collision was obvious. The rack and pinion steering allowed me to avoid two death-dealers, that I can recall. Anyway, I survived and I loved every minute of it.


22 posted on 04/18/2011 11:44:36 PM PDT by dr_lew
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To: smokingfrog

Wait until this is offered as a grand prize on game shows.
Unless it already has.


23 posted on 04/18/2011 11:54:26 PM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: oyez

Excellent idea! Like the American Ronson tank in Germany.


24 posted on 04/18/2011 11:59:43 PM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: BerryDingle
Zippo and Ronson are such legendary names. Maybe Chevy BIC may be more appropriate.
25 posted on 04/19/2011 12:05:43 AM PDT by oyez (The difference in genius and stupidity is that genius has limits.)
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To: oyez

Heheh, there ya go! Good idea!


26 posted on 04/19/2011 12:07:35 AM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: dr_lew
...and I loved every minute of it.

I will bet a $100 that is the first time in history that a Pinto owner ever uttered that phrase. LOL

27 posted on 04/19/2011 12:11:21 AM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: smokingfrog

The large current draw of these rechargeable hybrids is surely going to bring on a spate of these fires in poorly wired garages. (Do they need 240v outlets? At least those usually require the attention of an electrician. I shudder to think of plugging a Volt into an overhead light fixture or such.)


28 posted on 04/19/2011 12:14:01 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: Lazlo in PA

I have to suppose you are wrong on this piece of evidence: The 2000cc Pinto came to dominate the “2 wheel race” and in fact transformed it. Previously, the winner was the one who could go the farthest on two wheels ( i.e. on one side of the car ) around a track. With the Pinto, they could continue indefinitely, so the event became a timed race for 2 laps or so. I have to assume that these guys loved their Pintos.


29 posted on 04/19/2011 12:22:36 AM PDT by dr_lew
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To: smokingfrog

I must be reminiscing about KISS: I read “Eric Carr catches fire again.”

Don’t ask me why I felt the need to share that.


30 posted on 04/19/2011 12:26:35 AM PDT by streetpreacher (Don't be part of the Karl Rove/Mark Levin Natural Born Losers Club; Fight Like a Girl!)
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To: max americana

They’d probably sell more.


31 posted on 04/19/2011 12:28:13 AM PDT by streetpreacher (Don't be part of the Karl Rove/Mark Levin Natural Born Losers Club; Fight Like a Girl!)
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To: 21twelve

According to another report, fire investigators were actually on scene when it reignited - and nobody was near it.


32 posted on 04/19/2011 12:36:30 AM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: microgood

According to another report, it was not plugged in for the second fire.


33 posted on 04/19/2011 12:37:02 AM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Beeline; All

I thought you needed to have 240v in your garage, which most people have to put in special as I don’t think it is standard circuitry in most garages. If it isn’t some kind of fraud, sounds like he has a hot lemon.


34 posted on 04/19/2011 12:43:01 AM PDT by gleeaikin
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To: FlingWingFlyer

They need to send it back to GM for revolting.


35 posted on 04/19/2011 12:47:37 AM PDT by headstamp 2 (We live two lives, the life we learn and the life we live with after that.)
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To: smokingfrog
Mash here.
36 posted on 04/19/2011 12:56:25 AM PDT by Cheburashka (Democratic Underground: The Hogwarts of stupid.)
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To: Liberty Valance

Looks like a wildfire hazard in the making there. Nasty looking smoke too. That has to be worse than CO2.


37 posted on 04/19/2011 1:11:00 AM PDT by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/15/08 and why?)
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To: oyez

How about the Chevy Shortz?


38 posted on 04/19/2011 1:14:16 AM PDT by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/15/08 and why?)
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To: smokingfrog

sounds like we need to give GM a dozen or so more billion dollars so the union workers can improve on this and we can Win The Future!


39 posted on 04/19/2011 1:17:57 AM PDT by esoxmagnum
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To: Lazlo in PA
Pinto's are fine, as long as you steer clear of one...


40 posted on 04/19/2011 1:26:46 AM PDT by C210N (0bama, Making the US safe for Global Marxism)
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To: Spktyr
According to another report, it was not plugged in for the second fire.

The reports seem to leave a lot to the imagination.
41 posted on 04/19/2011 1:29:16 AM PDT by microgood
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To: smokingfrog
is it bad that i laugh at the thought of a moronic leftie having their house burn down due to them buying a govt car that was supposedly 'green'?

ok... yes... it's bad. that's ok, i'll take it as a guilty pleasure. :)

marshmallows anyone?


42 posted on 04/19/2011 1:39:30 AM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: Beeline

The car was the source of the fire, not the electrical wiring in the garage. I’m sure the second time the car was not plugged in to anything because I recall that the garage was essentially destroyed in the first fire.


43 posted on 04/19/2011 1:51:33 AM PDT by mazda77 (Mike Hogan - JAX Mayor)
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To: smokingfrog

*smiles*...volt from the dolt who needs a colt


44 posted on 04/19/2011 2:12:25 AM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: smokingfrog

pinto is to Carter...

as Volt is to ___

(ROFLMAO there’s a meme that’ll spread)


45 posted on 04/19/2011 2:13:43 AM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: smokingfrog

Buy back instead of recall.


46 posted on 04/19/2011 2:15:23 AM PDT by bmwcyle (It is Satan's fault)
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To: Liberty Valance

Solar Panel Fires
However, there may be a dark cloud on the solar horizon. To minimize installation costs, many solar designers connect the panels together in high voltage “strings” – typically operating at 250 to 400 direct current volts, up to a maximum of 600 volts DC (1,000 volts DC in Europe). If there is a short in one of these wires – perhaps caused by improper installation, animal damage or just wear over time — the wires will arc as long as the panels are in direct sunlight. This electrical arc produces extremely high temperatures, high enough to melt through metal enclosures – and certainly hot enough to cause a fire.
These high voltage systems can present a danger to solar installers and electricians who are not taking the proper precautions during installation and servicing, and can be quite dangerous to firefighters who may be called to the scene in the case of a fire.
47 posted on 04/19/2011 2:21:17 AM PDT by cavador ("Self determination is not a malfunction"!(Harkness;Fallout 3 Rivet City 2077))
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To: gleeaikin

“I thought you needed to have 240v in your garage, which most people have to put in special as I don’t think it is standard circuitry in most garages.”

With standard 120 v the car will charge but very slow. In the metro Detroit area (Motor City) they were taking applications for free 240 v charging stations to be installed. I guess Obama took over the utility company also.


48 posted on 04/19/2011 2:23:31 AM PDT by FreedomGuru (One Big Awful Marxist America)
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To: smokingfrog
"But they drove with pride."

-PJ

49 posted on 04/19/2011 2:29:13 AM PDT by Political Junkie Too (Everyone's Irish on St. Patrick's Day, Mexican on Cinco de Mayo, and American on Election Day.)
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To: dr_lew

Yep...oil derricks are not as pretty as these BS pinwheels....


50 posted on 04/19/2011 2:37:55 AM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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