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Electric Bus in Connecticut Catches Fire, Fleet Pulled From Service Until Investigation Into Battery Fire


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An electric bus burst into flames Saturday morning in the parking lot of the CT Transit Bus Depot in Hamden, Connecticut, according to a Facebook post from the Hamden Fire Department.

“Crews responded to an electric bus fire in the parking lot of the CT Transit Bus Depot on State Street this morning. Lithium ion battery fires are difficult to extinguish due to the thermal chemical process that produces great heat and continually reignites. Exposures were protected at the scene. Two CT Transit workers were transported as a precaution from exposure to the smoke and one firefighter was transported for heat exhaustion. The Fire Marshal is investigating the incident,” the post read.

WVIT-TV reported:

With this type of fire, officials said they have to let it burn because it can’t be extinguished.

At the scene, crews said they were able to protect other exposures.

Investigators said two CT Transit workers were taken to the hospital as a precaution from exposure to the smoke. One firefighter was also transported to the hospital for heat exhaustion.

Assistant Fire Chief Jeffrey Naples told WTNH-TV firefighters had to use “copious” amounts of water to extinguish the flames.

“The bus was purchased and delivered in 2021, CT Transit interim deputy general manager Josh Rickman told WTNH,” according to The Blaze.

Twitter users reacted to the electric bus catching on fire:

Meanwhile, the entire electric bus fleet touted by Democrats, including Connecticut Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy and Gov. Ned Lamont, is being pulled from service following the fire.

Daily Caller reported:

An unoccupied CT Transit electric bus was incinerated after its lithium battery caught fire in the parking lot of the transit department, according to Hamden Fire Department officials who were called to put out the fire. Following the incident, CT Transit, the state’s bus service, pulled the electric bus fleet, which was promoted by the Democrats, from service, CT Insider reported.

The electric buses will not be redeployed until an investigation into the battery fire is completed as a public safety precaution, according to CT Transit spokesperson Josh Rickman. The transit authority deployed diesel buses to replace the electric buses to continue its transportation service.


 

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