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  • A blaze stemming from Tesla’s largest battery pack took more than 150 firefighters and dozens of fire trucks to extinguish.
  • "There was one battery pack on fire to start with, but it did spread to a second pack that was very close to it," Ian Beswicke, Country Fire Authority incident controller and a district assistant chief fire officer, said in a statement.
  • “The plan is that we keep it cool on the outside and protect the exposures so it doesn’t cause any issues for any of the other components in the power station,” Beswicke added.

A blaze stemming from Tesla’s largest battery pack took more than 150 firefighters and dozens of fire trucks to extinguish, Australian authorities said in a statement Monday. 

The fire, which was fully contained as of Monday, began at the Victorian Big Battery project Friday morning in Victoria, Australia, after a Tesla Megapack battery caught fire during testing, Business Insider reported

"There was one battery pack on fire to start with, but it did spread to a second pack that was very close to it," Ian Beswicke, Country Fire Authority (CFA) incident controller and a district assistant chief fire officer, said in a statement.

"The plan is that we keep it cool on the outside and protect the exposures so it doesn’t cause any issues for any of the other components in the power station," Beswicke added. 

"A smaller number of firefighters and fire trucks from CFA will remain on scene for the next 24 hours as a precaution in case of reignition," a Country Fire Authority (CFA) statement read. "They will continue taking thermal temperature readings two-hourly to monitor damaged units."


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Firefighters on site Friday discovered that a "13-tonne lithium battery inside a shipping container was fully involved."

Tesla’s Megapack batteries, which can store energy from solar panels and wind turbines, were chosen by the project that was first announced in 2019 and built by French renewable energy company Neoen. 


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Published on Aug 02, 2021