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Northern California firefighters used 4,500 gallons of water to extinguish a fire in the Tesla Model S that spontaneously erupted into flames and re-ignited in the junkyard earlier this month, the Sacramento Fire District said.

The electric car was badly damaged in an accident three weeks ago and was to be dismantled when it caught fire.

Firefighters dug a pit for Tesla and filled it with water to extinguish the fire.

Firefighters dug a pit for Tesla and filled it with water to extinguish the fire.
(Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Department)

“The oncoming vehicle was fully involved in the fire, and spent a lot of time, water and outside the box to extinguish it,” the department said, noting it was the first Tesla flame of a metro fire.

“Staff extinguished the fire, but the car continued to re-ignite in the battery compartment and turn off the gas. While working with on-site racking yard staff, Tesla was moved to his side to gain access to the battery compartment below.”

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The department said that despite the water entering directly, the car continued to run due to the remaining heat. Respondents eventually had to make a small pit, put the car inside, and fill it with about 4,500 gallons of water.

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The Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Department said the Tesla Model S is being re-ignited.

The Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Department said the Tesla Model S is being re-ignited.
(Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Department)

“The pit eventually reduced the total amount of water needed,” the department said, “and limited the flow of contaminated water.”

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No injuries were reported.

Tesla and other electric vehicles are known to have fire problems. Flames can be difficult to extinguish because the vehicle’s lithium-ion batteries keep burning until all the energy is gone. According to the guide for first responders for the Tesla Model S, it can take up to 24 hours to exit.

Tesla, who was sitting in a California junkyard, caught fire earlier this month.

Tesla, who was sitting in a California junkyard, caught fire earlier this month.
(Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Department)

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CEO Elon Musk admitted last year that the Model S and X had “more challenges than expected” in developing new battery packs. “There’s been some development to make sure the batteries of the new S and X are safe,” he said at the time, according to CNBC.

Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox News.