EXCLUSIVE: Sydney house fire not caused by Tesla electric car, authorities confirm

Despite media reports to the contrary, no electric car or charging system was located in a Prestons home which caught fire overnight.

A house fire in Sydney’s South-West overnight was not caused by an electric car or charging system, according to authorities.

While several media outlets reported a garaged Tesla was likely responsible for the blaze, a spokesperson for Fire and Rescue NSW told Drive this is inaccurate.

“Our fire investigator is on site and can confirm no electrical vehicle was in the garage, and no charging system was involved in the fire,” Superintendent Adam Dewberry said.

No one was injured in the fire, however according to the fire department: “The garage and adjoining kitchen were totally destroyed while the remainder of the house suffered smoke damage.”

It is so far unclear what caused the inferno on Calabria Street in the suburb of Prestons, however police have confirmed investigations are ongoing.

Electrical appliance malfunctions remain the most the most common cause of house fires in Australia, accounting for approximately 40 per cent of cases.

Tesla cars have been known to catch fire without warning while parked, and several high-profile cases have been widely reported in recent years.

William Davis

William Davis has written for Drive since July 2020, covering news and current affairs in the automotive industry.

He has maintained a primary focus on industry trends, autonomous technology, electric vehicle regulations, and local environmental policy.

As the newest addition to the Drive team, William was brought onboard for his attention to detail, writing skills, and strong work ethic.

Despite writing for a diverse range of outlets – including the Australian Financial Review, Robb Report, and Property Observer – since completing his media degree at Macquarie University, William has always had a passion for cars.

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