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Tesla vehicle catches fire in Hong Kong parking lot

Reuters, HONG KONG

A Tesla Inc electric vehicle caught fire in a parking lot in a Hong Kong shopping mall, the Chinese-language Apple Daily reported yesterday, but no one was injured in the blaze, whose cause was not immediately known.

The electric vehicle burst into flames 30 minutes after being parked in the territory’s San Po Kong District on Sunday, the newspaper said, with three explosions seen on video footage.

Firefighters took 45 minutes to douse the fire.

The vehicle was a Tesla Model S 85kWh dual power version, added the paper, which gave no explanation of what might have caused the blaze.

Responding to a request from Reuters, Tesla declined to comment.

Reuters was not able to contact the vehicle owner or obtain video footage of the incident.

The Hong Kong Fire Services Department said that a vehicle caught fire on Sunday, but gave no details, such as the make.

Authorities are investigating the cause.

The incident comes three weeks after Tesla said it had sent a team to investigate a video on Chinese social media that showed a parked Tesla Model S exploding in the commercial hub of Shanghai.

There have been at least 14 instances of Tesla vehicles catching fire since 2013, most of them after a crash.

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