Tesla burns on frozen Shelburne Bay

Photo by Doug Merrill
The burned out frame of a 2019 Tesla, a high- end electric vehicle, sits on the ice on Shelburne Bay the morning after it caught fire. The owner was reportedly ice fishing when the car caught fire.

Shelburne dispatch received a call about a car on fire in Shelburne Bay at roughly 8:15 p.m. Sunday. But it wasn’t just any car fire.

“When I got on scene, the vehicle was approximately 400-yards out near the boat moorings and about 50-yards from shore,” Shelburne Fire Chief Jerry Ouimet said. “It was fully involved at this time. We were not able to get any fire suppression equipment out to the vehicle.”

The vehicle turned out to be a 2019 Tesla, a high-end electric car.

Shelburne police and rescue, Charlotte fire and rescue, and the Coast Guard all responded to the call.  The owner of the Tesla was on shore when first responders arrived, Ouimet said.

“He had been out ice fishing when he thought he heard a hissing sound and then saw flames,” Ouimet said.

The car was burned down to the metal frame, and crews were not able to identify a cause of the fire, Ouimet said. The owner will remove the car from the ice.

– Madeline Hughes

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