Cobra IRL – EV Fire NO


Electric car fire extinguished with Cobra

On 17 January 2023, Kongsberg Fire and Rescue Service and Vestfold Interkommunale Brannvesen IKS responded to a fire in a row of garages. The crews used a low-pressure hose in the front of the garage and a Cobra through the back and end wall. This had a good effect on the fire. After extinguishing the garage fire, the crew noticed that one electric car was still on fire.

Scanning with thermal imagaing camera

Scanning with a thermal imaging camera, they discovered the fire came from the battery. One of the firefighters used a Cobra to get water inside the battery, attacking it through the car’s rear window. There were small explosions and sparks, and it was clear that the battery was propagating.

In the extinguishing operation, the crew used about 780 litres of water, compared to one car manufacturer that recommends using up to 11,000 litres to extinguish an electric vehicle fire.

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