Officials said the Tesla spontaneously caught fire on a California highway

a Tesla Model S Officials said the flames ignited “spontaneously” on Saturday afternoon in California while driving on a highway.

The Tesla battery compartment caught fire before 4 p.m. in the eastbound lanes Interstate 50 near Sacramento, Sacramento Metro said.

Fire officials said the car was traveling “at highway speed” when the sudden ignition occurred and “nothing unusual” had happened prior to the fire.

The department said the Tesla was completely engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived at the scene.


Firefighters used about 6,000 gallons of water to put out the fire. (Sacramento metro fire/Fox News)

Firefighters used about 6,000 gallons of water to put out the flames like a Tesla The battery cells continued to burn.

Charred wreckage of a Tesla Model S.

The battery compartment of a Tesla Model S caught fire “spontaneously” on a highway in Sacramento on Saturday. (Sacramento metro fire/Fox News)

The crew also used jacks to raise the car, so they could reach its underside to extinguish and cool the battery.

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There were no reports of injuries.

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Crews used jacks to lift the Tesla Model S and to extinguish and cool the battery from under the vehicle. (Sacramento metro fire/Fox News)

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