'Electric car' EXPLODES on driveway and sets fire to Merseyside family home after 'battery malfunctions'

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A family home was lit on fire after their ‘electric car’ reportedly exploded while sitting in their driveway. 

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service rushed to a family home in Bromborough, Wirral at around 10pm on Saturday night after receiving reports that a car was on fire.  The blaze was put out in just ten minutes. 

The Liverpool Echo reported that the façade of the two-storey family home was blackened by the fire and that the garage was also previously on fire as well.

One man told the Echo that after speaking to the owners of the car this morning they believed the cause of the fire was a ‘malfunctioning electric car battery’, although this has not been officially confirmed by the fire service.

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service rushed to a family home in Bromborough, Wirral at around 10pm on Saturday night after receiving reports that a car was on fire. The blaze was put out in just ten minutes

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service rushed to a family home in Bromborough, Wirral at around 10pm on Saturday night after receiving reports that a car was on fire. The blaze was put out in just ten minutes

He said: ‘I was in bed and heard this popping noise. It sounded like fireworks going off. 

‘I went outside with my mum and there were bright lights with a car up in flames over the road.

‘The owner was in the house when it happened but got out. She told me this morning that the car was only a month old with a thousand miles on the clock and the car battery malfunctioned.’

One woman said: ‘I heard tyres popping and people came out to see what was going on. Someone started screaming and people rushed out to help.

The Liverpool Echo reported that the façade of the two-storey family home was blackened by the fire and that the garage was also previously on fire as well

The Liverpool Echo reported that the façade of the two-storey family home was blackened by the fire and that the garage was also previously on fire as well

‘I saw it happen and it looked like the fire was coming from where they charge the car. The whole thing was up in flames by the end. It was so scary and my little girl was screaming because she thought something had happened to our house.’

A spokesperson for Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service said: ‘Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service (MFRS) attended an incident on Cooks Acre, Bromborough, on the night of Saturday, 23 September.

‘Crews were alerted at 9.51pm and were on scene at 9.57pm. Three fire engines attended. On arrival, crews found a two-storey detached house with the garage well alight. A car on the drive was also well alight.

‘Two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the property under rapid deployment to fight the fire. The fire was extinguished by 10.10pm. 

‘MFRS carried out home fire safety checks on the properties on either side of the property and left the scene at 12.21am.’







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