The grainy video does show dozens of stacked cars on fire, but did one EV cause it?
Emowitch Paulus, a Slovakian who, according to his Facebook profile, lives in Italy, is gaining a lot of attention for a video he shared earlier this May.
His video, posted below, shows dozens of stacked cars ablaze at what Paulus claims is a warehouse in the United States. With little space between each car, it’s easy to imagine cars setting each other on fire, one by one.
What does Paulus claim caused the fire? A single electric car whose battery presumably spontaneously combusted.
Since up, his video’s been viewed over 400,000 times and counting.
Is Paulus’s claim true, or did he pull that caption out of his a** as anti-EV propaganda?
Here’s what I found out.
First, here’s Paulus’s video and his caption first in Slovakian for the search engines, then translated in English.
“V USA na sklade elektromobilov ktore cakali na predaj klientom vznikol poziar ked bateria jedneho auta zacala horiet.
“In the USA, a fire broke out at a warehouse of electric cars that were waiting to be sold to clients when the battery of one of the cars started to burn.”
Long story short, Paulus is a lying sack of s**t.
No, his claim is not true, and it took me all of 20 seconds to fact-check by looking up “car yard fire,” heading to news, and looking for a thumbnail that matched the video.
According to sources listed below, the actual story behind this car fire is it happened earlier this year (Apr 28, 2023) in Australia at a car auction yard in Bibra Lake ( a suburb of Perth.)
Check these videos out covering the unfortunate incident.
Over 70 cars were destroyed in the blaze, with over 10 fire crews responding.
As of this blog post and from what I could find, no official cause of the fire could be found.
If it was actually an electric car that caused this blaze, it would be pretty obvious and reported on.
Ironically, it was most likely and statistically a regular gas car that caused the blaze seeing how, after a search of available electric cars in their 1000+ inventory of vehicles, only two popped up.
So, no, one electric car did not cause a car fire at an auction warehouse in the United States, it was most likely a gas car, and it wasn’t even in the United States, it was in Australia.
So, go f*** yourself Emowitch Paulus, with your misinformation.
-The Guardian – Giant blaze destroys 60 vehicles at Pickles auction yard in Perth.
– ABC News – Blaze destroys dozens of cars in Pickles Auctions car yard at Bibra Lake.
-Daily Mail – Massive inferno breaks out at a car yard, with more than 70 vehicles destroyed as firefighters tackle blaze.