Fire officials say Texas house fire caused by Fisker Karma

Fisker Karma 2012 Production

In brief: Fire officials say that the Karma caught fire shortly after being garaged in a Texas home last week.

Vehicle in the news

Make/Model: Karma
Manufacturer: Fisker

The word

Fort Bend County chief fire investigator Robert Baker says that the Karma is the origin of the fire, though the car was not plugged in at the time according to both investigative reports and the homeowners.

While the car is being blamed for the house fire that destroyed it, two other cars, and a portion of the owner's home, investigators are stumped as to how, exactly, the Karma lit up.

Fisker contends that there is insufficient evidence for the investigator's claims. The Karma's battery was fully intact and no other specific part of the car can be pinpointed for blame. They point out that fireworks were present in the garage at the time of the fire.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is receiving reports from the fire officials involved in the case, but has not opened any investigation of its own and stands by their assessment that electric vehicles do not pose any higher fire risk than do gasoline vehicles.

And so ...

Baker complained to AutoWeek that 15 engineers have been investigating the fire, but are being closed-mouthed with him about their findings, since they are in the employ of others.

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