Firefighters tackle blaze at Crawley car showroom

The fire at Tesla in County Oak Way was started accidentally and was not caused by Tesla cars, chargers or batteries

 

Released: 2 March 2019

Fire crews have been tackling an accidental fire at a Tesla car showroom in Crawley.

The cause of the fire is under investigation but was not caused by Tesla cars, chargers or batteries. The fire is thought to have started in the storeroom.

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service (WSFRS) was alerted to the car showroom and workshop in County Oak Way at 10.28am today (2 March) after receiving a number of 999 calls. Crews were greatly assisted by Tesla staff on site.

At its height, eight fire engines including crews from Surrey Fire & Rescue Service, assisted in tackling the fire. An Aerial Ladder Platform was also used.

Adrian Murphy, WSFRS Area Manager for Response, said: “Our fire crews were on the scene within four minutes and found a rapidly spreading fire.

“With the assistance of Tesla staff on the scene and later crews from Surrey, the fire was soon brought under control and at around midday the incident was scaled back.”

Crews managed to contain the damage of the building to 25% with a further 25% being damaged by heat and smoke.

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is at the heart of West Sussex County Council's Communities and Public Protection Directorate, working to support communities to become safer, stronger and more resilient through a combination of prevention, protection and response activities.

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