Sacramento, CA

Officials claim that a Tesla 'spontaneously' catches fire on a California road.

Sherif Saad

Firefighters in Sacramento extinguished fires in a Tesla Model S battery compartment using 6,000 gallons of water.

On a road in California on Saturday afternoon, a Tesla Model S "spontaneously" caught fire, according to officials.

According to Metro Fire of Sacramento, the Tesla's battery compartment caught fire just before 4 p.m. in the eastbound lanes of Highway 50, close to Sacramento. Fire authorities said that "nothing strange" occurred before the fire and that it started suddenly as the car was moving at "motorway speeds."

According to the agency, the Tesla was completely engulfed in flames when firemen got to the scene.

Firefighters put out the flames with around 6,000 gallons of water while the Tesla's battery cells continued to burn.

The truck was lifted by the crews using jacks so they could access the underbelly and put out the fire and cool the battery. Tesla was contacted by FOX Business for comment, but no response was received right away.

Firefighters were called to the scene when a Tesla Model S "spontaneously caught fire" on a roadway in Rancho Cordova, California, according to officials.

The Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District responded on Saturday afternoon to a Tesla that was "engulfed in flames" as a result of a battery fire, according to a tweet from the department.

Firefighters were seen hosing off the vehicle while other cars passed in a video uploaded by Metro Fire of Sacramento. The vehicle's front hood was completely scorched in pictures taken after the fire. 6,000 gallons of water were used by firefighters to put out the fires while two fire engines, a water tender, and a ladder truck were dispatched to help.

According to fire officials, crews accessed the underbelly to put out the fire and cool the batteries. The incident left no one hurt, according to officials.

The fire service tweeted, "The car battery compartment spontaneously caught fire as it was going highway speeds on EB Highway 50." " Approximately 6,000 liters of water were used to put out the fire while the battery cells burned. "Thankfully, there were no reported injuries."

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