Burnt Chevrolet Volt - Image Via Alex Hopmann

Burnt Chevrolet Volt - Image Via Alex Hopmann

A full incident report on the recent Chevrolet Volt fire is forthcoming, but ahead of its release (possibly up to 30 days from the date of the fire - January 23), the Seattle Fire Department responded to our request for additional information.

UPDATE: The case has been reopened as new leads suggest arson may be the cause.  Full details here

Due to the urgent nature of this matter, the Seattle Fire Department released to us some preliminary findings from the fire investigator assigned to the Volt incident.

Details are limited prior to the filing of the complete report, but here's what we've been told:

  • Estimated damages: $50,000
  • Fire classification: Accidental
  • Most likely cause of fire: Mechanical/electrical issue with vehicle
Arson has apparently been ruled out.  Vehicle was parked, not occupied at time of fire.

We have a disclosure request into the Seattle Fire Department for the full report and our request is being expedited via assistance from the department's public information officer, but until that report is received, this is all of the additional information we have at this time.