At 7:09 p.m on Thursday, December 29, 2022, Calvert County Communications sounded Area Box 111 for a report of an explosion and fire at the North Beach Public Works Building, 4030 11th Street in North Beach.
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An investigation identified the fire originated in an electric vehicle stored in the garage. Crews checked for extension above the area where the vehicle was parked, but found none, and there was no extension into an attached office. Smoke damage in the garage was substantial.
There were no reported injuries and no one was in the building at the time of the fire.
North Beach VFD was assisted by the Dunkirk VFD, Huntingtown VFD, and Stations 42 and 9 units from the Anne Arundel County Fire Department.
The NBVFD urges all owners of electric vehicles to ensure they are not left unattended while charging and are inspected regularly to ensure they are in good working order.
So now you have to hang around and watch them while they charge, even though it might take hours? How practical!
The insurance site Auto Insurance EZ compiled sales and accident data from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics and the National Transportation Safety Board. The site found that hybrid vehicles had the most fires per 100,000 sales at 3474.5. There were 1529.9 fires per 100k for gas vehicles and just 25.1 fires per 100k sales for electric vehicles.
Makes some sense when you consider hybrids have the double disadvantage of having both a gasoline engine, and a high powered electrical system to drive the car.