A recalled Chevy Bolt caught fire Monday morning in a Free Home garage, though authorities are investigating to confirm the cause of the fire.

No injuries were reported, but the Bolt was heavily damaged and another car had smoke damage, the Cherokee County fire department reported.

According to Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services:

Firefighters responded just after 9 a.m. Monday to a home on Trinity Church Road, off Free Home Highway.

Firefighters arrived on scene to find smoke coming from inside the garage.

The homeowner stated that all of his smoke alarms started going off and he went outside to find smoke coming from an adjoining garage.

The fire appeared to be coming from a 2019 Chevy Bolt electric vehicle. The vehicle was pulled from the garage; however, it had already received extensive damage. Another vehicle inside the garage, a 2017 Dodge Ram, received some smoke damage.

“Firefighters worked hard to keep the fire from spreading to the house that was next to the garage,” Battalion Chief Ricky Collett said.

The fire is under investigation, however, General Motors reported last month that all 2019-2020 Bolt EVs are now being recalled because of one and, in some cases, two defects

in the battery cells that could lead to fire.


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