A crime of opportunity, or was a Fisker Karma really to blame for the fire in a Texas home?
The Fisker Karma has been under fire for a while with a recent recall last year on a potential battery fire risk issue. Now we’ll give this owner the benefit of the doubt but the timing is a little bit fishy that a Karma is being blamed for causing a house fire.
The story is that the owner purchased a post-recall Karma in April and had parked it in its garage when less than three minutes later the car was up in flames. It is being reported that the vehicle was not plugged in at the time and the Karma’s battery is fully intact.
Authorities are currently saying that the Karma was indeed the source of the fire but the cause is still unknown at the time. Fort Bend County, Texas chief fire investigator Robert Baker said that the vehicle still had paper tags on it, so it couldn’t have been older than 60 days. No injuries were reported as a result of the accident though the house suffered serious damage.
Accompanying the Karma in the garage was a Mercedes-Benz SUV and an Acura NSX, so it may be a little hard to believe the owner was looking for a quick cash out opportunity. Nevertheless, the fire is being heavily investigated since pointing blame specifically at Fisker could have major consequences to the American automaker.
“I’ve worked homicide scenes with less secrecy,” Baker said. “There have to be about 15 engineers down here working on this one.”
Fisker added in a press release that it was aware of the investigation and has not ruled out the possibility of fraud or malicious intent. Even more interesting is that fireworks were found in the garage in or around the vehicle and an electrical panel is being examined by investigators and fire department officials.
The electrical panel is probably a smokescreen to divert blame to the home, especially since the fire chief is confident the source of the blaze was from the vehicle. We’ll be sure to follow the outcome of this story, especially if Fisker is to blame – it could be a big nail in the coffin for the troubled American electric automaker.