Tesla Model S catches fire 'out of the blue'

Mary Mc Cormack and her husband Michael Morris

Actor Mary McCormack tweeted video of her husband's Tesla in flames on the side of a road in California.

The footage, dated June 15, shows a vehicle engulfed in flames while parked at the side of the road in California. "No accident, out of the blue, in traffic on Santa Monica Blvd".

As per a report by The Guardian, Mary McCormack, the wife of producer and director Michael Morris also confirmed that the vehicle was not running on autopilot at the time and it was a normal Tesla. But McCormack was quick to say that Autopilot technology was not involved in this crash. Tesla says its vehicles are 10 times less likely to suffer a fire than a gasoline-powered auto based on its testing, and that there are only 55 incidents of fire per every billion miles driven in the United States. She added, "He was barely moving in traffic". Tesla has further confirmed that it is investing the reason behind the fire.

"Our initial investigation shows that the cabin of the vehicle was totally unaffected by the fire due to our battery architecture, which is created to protect the cabin in the very rare event that a battery fire occurs", Tesla says in a statement. "Our initial investigation shows that the cabin of the vehicle was totally unaffected by the fire due to our battery architecture, which is created to protect the cabin in the very rare event that a battery fire occurs".

A Tesla spokesperson tells PEOPLE, "We offer our support to local authorities and are glad our customer is safe".

There are no known issues with Teslas catching fire on their own, not related to an accident. "There's obviously been some issues with lithium ion batteries in the past, particularly around cellphones, but electric vehicle batteries are very different". Tesla says its batteries are designed with extra protection, including firewalls between each of the battery's modules, making the spread of fire much slower than in gas cars and therefore more easy to escape unharmed.

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