Seattle Chevrolet Volt Fire Case Reopened – Arson Experts Brought In


Burnt Chevrolet Volt - Image Via Alex Hopmann

Burnt Chevrolet Volt – Image Via Alex Hopmann

The recent fire involving a Chevrolet Volt in downtown Seattle is now being examined by arson experts.

The Seattle Fire Departments tells InsideEVs that the status is of the case is open and that the cause of the fire has been switched from accidental to undetermined.

The change is case status and cause of fire comes as newly surfaced information prompted the local fire investigator to reopen the Chevy Volt fire investigation.

The damage estimate remains at $50,000.

Handling the arson investigation is the Seattle Police Department’s Arson Bomb Squad.

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Since wild speculation seems to be the norm when it comes to EV fires, let me speculate the wildest.

How about right-wing domestic terrorists fire-bombing “Gubberment Motors” electric “Obama cars”.

Or, angry ex-girlfriend returning his bong (still lit) while on the way to cut off his male anatomy for a second time at the hospital.

Alright, beat that, fellow speculators!

Has the owner said anything at this point?

Yes, he was overheard saying this:

Leo: “I told that waitress at the Cheesecake Factory I wanted the Fire-Roasted Artichoke. ARTICHOKE! Not Volt. Who orders a Fire-Roasted Volt? They **** you at the drive-thru, okay? They **** you at the drive-thru!”

Riggs and Murtaugh: “SHUT UP!!”

Come on, this is in Seattle!
How about “Left-wing kook burns Volt in hopes of propping up sluggish sales, plan backfires as low gas prices prompts owner to buy a Chevy Pickup”

My totally unfounded speculation – A Leaf owner who has,one time too many,found a Volt taking up the last charging space when the tortoise appeared on the dash.

Charlie? John?

In my opinion, Eric is milking this non-story dry.

The photograph is no more shocking nor revealing than any other burnt-out car. As you know hundreds of thousands of cars burn every year.

See above for burning Prius photos that didn’t make it on this site.

this story may be of no interest to you but it is of interest to me. it looks to me that eric is posting updates as soon as he gets additional information as he promised in a previous posting.

As of now I am counting Eric’s stories on this Volt in Seattle.

Is there an open line from to the Seattle police and fire departments to keep us posted upon every single new shred of evidence? Should we endure all this nonsense? What does Eric feel he is spreading with this stuff? Good will towards electrified cars?!!!

Is it your duty to show this photo of a burned out Volt every four stories for days?!

If you get the drift that I’m disgusted, you guessed right.

The story count here on this subject is now at 4 – each one says “update”. Each story has no new information, only speculations.

No doubt I will be keeping count and taking names.

Understanding you are not pleased with this story James. However, we can’t have 7 consecutive comments from you in the same thread that are fairly identical in nature. No attempt to censor, just for the benefit of others reading the thread. We chose the above ones to remain, as it probably best fits your feelings.

Also there has been 3 posts on this subject – not 4.

The first was the news itself. And yes there has been an open line between InsideEVs and the Seattle FD. In both cases they sent us new information, so we felt in both cases we had an obligation to follow-up and pass that news along. Our apologies if this story doesn’t ring true to you.

You censoring James? You bastids!


Why do you feel obligated to pass along non info info?

What’s the point?

if you get past the photo and actually read the articles, you will notice that in the second story, it was reported that arson had been ruled out. the third story updates the second story to report that after reconsideration the arson investigation was reopened, which meant that the second story was no longer true. if you have a story that you know is no longer true, it makes sense to publish a third story to let people know that they can no longer rely upon the information as reported in the second story.

Told you guys… Ford.

My initial post was It didn’t look like it was coming from the car itself. Aparently someone from the arson squad agrees.

Could be arson. The interior of the car is burned out. Looks like a cigarette fire to me. We will see later.

James et al., I am interested in this. No one is forcing you to read this article if you don’t want to.

Let it go already!

I reckon he’s either upset someone, or, he has money problems.

IMHO setting fire to a Volt means someone also has psych problems.

It was a former EV-1 driver, still experiencing the PTSD of having their dream car ripped from their hands.

I’ll be very glad when this obsession with examining every single EV car fire wanes. Look, -anything- that has enough energy to push a car down the road at highway speed can cause a fire. Gasoline, hydrogen, natural gas, electrical energy… whatever.

There are more than 150,000 car fires annually in the USA alone! Yet the only ones that get reported are the few EV fires.

This is sending the wrong message. EVs are -less- prone to have a car fire than a gas guzzler. But all the focus on a very few EV fires is sending the message that “EVs are dangerous”… which is the exact opposite of the truth.

That’s the real issue here. Whether or not this particular fire was the result of arson or not isn’t the real issue. This isn’t “news” because it may have been arson; it’s “news” just because it involves an EV.

What you say is technically true, but it doesn’t mean we aren’t interested in hearing about it. For example, this morning there was a news story about a Leaf involved in a fatal accident. Well, fatal accidents happen with all cars, trains, buses, and airplanes. But that doesn’t mean we aren’t interested to hear about the details since it involves an EV.

i’ll give my take, which is a bit different from david murray’s take. i agree that the mere reporting of a fire is not significant if you know that the cause for the fire was negligence or recklessness by the vehicle operator. but if the fire is due to an unknown cause, you don’t want that kind of information buried under the rug because that only serves the interests of vehicle manufacturers. i will agree that has not always done a very good job of distinguishing the two classese of cases. but here you have a story that falls into the “cause unknown” class, so it is relevant information to report it. now, i haven’t read the Leaf story cited by david murray because it sounds like a story that falls into the first class of “negligence/recklessness”. stories like that should only be highlighted after there is some reason to believe that issues are implicated that fall into the second class. for my own part, i have decided to decline to read articles that appear to fall into the first class because such articles seem to exist only for the purpose of running up “click count” and i don’t… Read more »

Go ahead and delete my comments.

Is there a specific reason you follow this story as if it’s the tip of the spear on some new Volt fire recall?

Because, here’s a clue. It isn’t.

GM is not going to issue a recall for an issue that is under investigation. however, if the car itself was a contributing factor in the fire, GM is a lot more likely to promptly issue a recall if people are aware that there is an issue than they are if they think that people are not aware of the issue.

We drove by the car fire as it was just starting up. It was in the front drivers side. Not inside the car yet. We heard the tire blow up soon after. Some workers were too scared to use the fire extinguishers, and the fire kept burning since fire trucks can’t fit into the parking garage.

What? Three days and no more updates???

*evil grin*