Hybrid Vehicle Catches Fire in Los Alamos

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Photo: Santa Barbara County Fire Department (SBCFD)
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By the edhat staff

A hybrid vehicle caught fire in Los Alamos and destroyed another vehicle on Monday morning.

At 6:15 a.m., Santa Barbara County firefighters responded to the 9100 block of Highway 101, the parking lot of the Skyview Motel.

Crews arrived and found two vehicles fully involved in fire. They suspect the first vehicle, a Toyota Prius hybrid, sparked the fire in its battery cell and spread to an unknown type of vehicle parked next to it. 

The fire was extinguished at 6:51 a.m. Both vehicles were completely destroyed, but there was no fire extension to the hotel and no reported injuries.

The official cause is under investigation.

Photo: SBCFD

[Ed Note: An earlier version of this article incorrectly listed the day as Sunday evening. This has been corrected above.]

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Babycakes Nov 29, 2022 10:55 AM
Hybrid Vehicle Catches Fire in Los Alamos

ShastaGuy: Thank you for the link. Driving our gas-guzzling vehicles may seem old fashioned to some, but keeping ourselves and loved one safe never/ever gets old. It makes no sense for anyone to drone on about how wonderful modern electric vehicles are when they are not. E-vehicles are certainly less safe to operate than century-plus old internal combustion vehicles/clunkers. We were recently in Europe (mostly Germany), and many parking garages did not allow e-cars....go figure. If not already implemented, I believe these spontaneously burning vehicles will soon be banned from ferries as well. The last thing I want to happen to me or my family is to go down to Davy Jone's Locker on a flaming euro ferry due to someone's desire to "save the planet!" I just read that four or five rental cars rented by the Secret Service burned to the ground in the past couple of days (none of them e-cars though).

Shasta Guy Nov 29, 2022 07:29 AM
Hybrid Vehicle Catches Fire in Los Alamos

Hybrid vehicles catch fire at more than double the rate of gas powered vehicles (3474 per 100K, vs 1530 per 100K). EV only vehicles light up at very low rates, only 25 per 100K, but when they it’s a spectacular fail.


sbbeachguy Nov 29, 2022 06:40 AM
Hybrid Vehicle Catches Fire in Los Alamos

There was a recall of some Prius' a while back (2018) due to a wiring issue (not a battery issue):
"Toyota is recalling about a million Prius hybrid vehicles from around the world due to a “fire risk” caused by a wiring issue that generates heat. Of the million cars, 192,000 of them are in the US, it announced yesterday in a press release.
If you own a Prius manufactured between mid-2015 and May 2018, check with a Toyota dealer to see if your vehicle has the wiring issue. Affected vehicles will be fixed for free." The Verge.
Chances are that the fire was in the wiring and spread to the battery, not the other way around . . .

Babycakes Nov 28, 2022 05:42 PM
Hybrid Vehicle Catches Fire in Los Alamos

Certainly, the threat of fire is what keeps many people away from purchasing these "eco" vehicles. I've had dozens of cars over the years and never had one of them spontaneously have burned to the ground like these seem to do on a quite regular basis. Aside from these e-vehicles, the only other car that would burn down regularly were the 60s/70s Volkswagen hatchback (oil would pool up on the top part of the engine and ignite...or something like that). I'll continue to buy gas guzzlers as long as possible, and hopefully by the time I am forced to buy an electric car maybe they will be safe and not catch fire all the time.

FondofSB Nov 29, 2022 10:48 AM
Hybrid Vehicle Catches Fire in Los Alamos

8825 : Baby is not interested in REALITY, he just wants to bash EVs as much as possible not realizing how much of a fool he makes of himself!

a-1669698825 Nov 28, 2022 09:13 PM
Hybrid Vehicle Catches Fire in Los Alamos

Your time is now. Statistically speaking, a gasser is much more likely to catch fire than an electric car. It's so common, it's not newsworthy.

a-1669668529 Nov 28, 2022 12:48 PM
Hybrid Vehicle Catches Fire in Los Alamos

6:15 p.m.? I am blown away by the quality of the photos, as it looks like daylight. I mean, the fog is even visible. Were these photos really taken in the dark? TIA.

CoastWatch Nov 28, 2022 12:28 PM
Hybrid Vehicle Catches Fire in Los Alamos

The "news" IS that fighting a conventional vehicle fire (gas/diesel) is entirely different than the hazards and extinguishment of electric vehicles, namely hazardous materials that need to be addressed once a difficult extinguishment is mitigated.

sacjon Nov 28, 2022 02:13 PM
Hybrid Vehicle Catches Fire in Los Alamos

COAST - sure, that makes sense - fighting different materials requires different techniques. Not sure that changes anything though and also, this was a hybrid, not electric, vehicle. Electric vehicles are FAR safer in terms of fires than gas or hybrid. https://www.autoweek.com/news/a38225037/how-much-you-should-worry-about-ev-fires/

Seabird Nov 28, 2022 08:39 PM
Hybrid Vehicle Catches Fire in Los Alamos

@Zero, this is a local SB county website. Did you forget? Doubtful this would have made regional or national news, so try to calm down.

sacjon Nov 28, 2022 11:13 AM
Hybrid Vehicle Catches Fire in Los Alamos

Ugh, great. Cue the green haters in 3...2...1.......

"See? Green is evil! Liberal cars are now attacking innocent gas-powered cars!"

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