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My Tesla burns in house fire. Sad.

Discussion in 'Model S' started by bcsteeve, Jul 14, 2018.

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  1. bcsteeve

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    I am sad to report that the Tesla family has lost a member. At least I think so.

    I've been traveling since the start of the month, having visited Paris and London and currently in the Scottish Highlands. A couple of days ago, we had just finished visiting Edinburgh Castle and were having a bite to eat when i checked my local news site and saw a story about a fire on a nearby street to my home's. An hour later we were attempting to find a suitable bus back to our hotel when i started to get messages from neighbors. It wasn't long before i learned that the news initially misreported the street name and it was my home that had caught fire! The news took note of the fact a Tesla was in the garage. One report initially suggested it was the cause. And it may have been. I have very little information at this point.

    The only thing I know is what the attending police officer relayed to me. That included my Tesla being "totaled" (though that is ultimately up to the instance company, so I remain very slightly hopeful that it isn't that bad).

    Yesterday, interestingly enough, I was able to connect with it on the app. It showed the charge level, the rear hatch open, the door unlocked and the location incorrectly as my home (it was towed hours earlier to a local facility). I was unable to lock it or close the hatch out turn on the climate control, but I was able to send a horn honk and a light flash (whether it did these thinks, I have no idea). Just now, however, I tried and was unable to connect at all.

    It'll be some ten more days until I'm back in Canada and about five, I'm told, before I hear from insurance about the car's fate... so I wait.

    I really love that car. I'm not sure how well the insurance will come out and if I'll be a Tesla owner again if Chappie really is gone :( I do still have two Model 3 reservations on the books, but I really grew attached to my S. I only just got it last September!
     
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    So sorry about 'Chappie'. The only positive thing I can say, maybe your 'friend' can be a parts donor.
     
  3. Off Shore

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    Sad news! Hope you're back on the road soon.
     
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    Yikes! That's awful and must be very stressful being out of the country and all. My condolences.
     
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    My condolences. Please let us know when you determine the cause of the fire.
     
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    bmah Moderator, Model S / Model X Forums

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    Very sorry to hear this! Please keep us posted how things work out.

    Bruce.
     
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    Condolences. Hopefully neither the home nor the car are total losses.
     
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    Thank goodness nobody was in the house. hope your recovery process is as painless as possible.
     
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    Wasn’t this news article posted here or on reddit. My search is failing at the moment.
     
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    Link to the news coverage? Curious how it got reported by Canadian media.
     
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    Well he does live in Canada.
     
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    #13 Canuck, Jul 14, 2018
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    Fortunately, we're still fact based here (for the most part) so the cause will have to await the outcome of the fire investigation and it's still too early to tell. There was a note made of the Tesla in the media, which is informative to readers and seems appropriate to be in the article to me -- without placing blame at this point.
     
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  14. whitex

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    At least they are not blaming it on Auto-Pilot. ;)

    On a serious note, I am curious what caused it. Parked Tesla should not have been charging for long stretches of time after the initial charge which I assume was days before the fire.
     
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    Sorry to hear about your loss. Hope your home is relatively undamaged.
     
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    Just as a note to OP, you may have been seeing the last reported status on the app, rather than a live status. With my car I often see everything as it was the last time the app connected to the car and I have to swipe to force a refresh to see what the current status is.
     
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    Tesla released a statement, apparently the logs show that the owner didn't have his hands on the wheel the entire day leading up to the fire. Operator error. :(


    fire probably had nothing to do with the car
     
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    Sorry to hear of your bad fortune with this! I wish you a good recovery in the face of this adversity.
     
  19. Hugh Mannity

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    Damn, very disheartening. I had a similar event when I was out of town. A devastating flood ravaged our neighbourhood and we watched in earnest the video feeds from the news choppers to see if the overland flooding had affected our home. It was an agonizing 8 or 9 days before we got home and another 3 or 4 before we could access the neighbourhood. We discovered it hadn’t been that bad. I hope your good fortune is as well.
     
  20. bcsteeve

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    Thanks all. The worst part is just not knowing. I partly want to end my vacation and come home, but everyone (police, neighbors, insurance) is telling me there's really no point and that I should just enjoy the rest of our trip, so that's what I'm doing.

    Adding to my stress, however, is that i start a new job just 5 days after i get back and I'm again out of town for several weeks for training.
     

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