All the Justin Bieber in the world doesn't seem like enough for Fisker to catch a break. First it was a 2012 Fisker Karma spectacularly crapping out on Consumer Reports. Now a Texas fire investigator has said that a house fire originated with the plug-in hybrid, according to AutoWeek.

The fire consumed the car while doing "substantial damage" to the garage and spreading to the suburban Houston home, but nobody was injured in the blaze. According to the report, two other vehicles parked in the garage, an Acura NSX and Mercedes-Benz SUV, were also damaged. Estimates of the extent of the destruction were said to be $100,000, not including the damage to the other cars – and we're assuming not including the Karma either, given that the six-figure car was a complete loss, according to the report.

The fire started within three minutes of the Karma being parked in the garage, after the owner said he smelled burning rubber. According to the report, the car had not yet been plugged in to charge. The Karma is said to be new enough that it was built after the battery recall, and the report indicates that the battery pack survived the fire intact.

Though the Fort Bend County chief fire investigator told AW that "the Karma was the origin of the fire," and that it resembled a golf cart fire, something that happens roughly 50 times a year in the area, the incident is still being investigated.

When contacted for comment, Fisker's response was to tell AutoWeek not to jump to any conclusions: "There are conflicting reports and uncertainty surrounding this particular incident. The cause of the fire is not yet known and is being investigated."

The automaker then went on to speculate about "fraud or malicious intent," stating that "fireworks were found in the garage" and that "an electrical panel located in the garage... is also being examined," according to the report. Fisker also told AW that it believes the car's battery pack "does not appear to have been a contributing factor in this incident."


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      CRAZY_AZZ_MAN
      • 2 Years Ago
      According to Reuters (Google it ) The Fisker Karma battery pack did not cause Houston fire. I think it was Mark Twain who said, "A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes..."
        Rotation
        • 2 Years Ago
        @CRAZY_AZZ_MAN
        According to the linked article, the Fisker Karma was the source of the fire. The battery pack was intact though. The Fisker is an ER-EV, there are PLENTY of parts in the ICE drivetrain that can catch fire.
          MONTEGOD7SS
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Rotation
          Maybe you're paranoid? You passed paranoid about five black helicopters ago. Fire investigators are also law enforcement officers (the reason they carry firearms) and I seriously doubt are part of some larger conspiracy theory against a car with an already marred history. I have fireworks in my garage as well, yet none of my cars have burst into flames.
          Rotation
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Rotation
          CRAZY_AZZ_MAN: Those phrases were from Fisker reps. And not only were they supposition, but even the Fisker rep couched the statements. You cannot state what happened yet. All we know is the Karma was the source of the fire. We don't know the cause, it could be fraud (malicious intent), or it could be a flaw in the car. Give it some time, you can't just jump to conclusions as you have. And yes, you're just paranoid. What kind of conspiracy would form to kill a car company that isn't a threat to anyone? Occam's Razor, it's going to be a simple answer, either car set itself alight or the owner set the the car on fire for insurance money.
          CRAZY_AZZ_MAN
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Rotation
          Um, did you also read the phrases "fraud or malicious intent" and "fireworks in the garage?" Something stinks to high heaven about all of this, I'm beginning to suspect a huge, organized, calculated, smear campaign going on here. Or, maybe I'm just paranoid. Who knows?
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Rotation
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          FreeThinker
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Rotation
          It turns out you were right.
      Ashton
      • 2 Years Ago
      An interesting fact is "Fisker" translated to latin means "cobbled together rushed to market junk".
        FreeThinker
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ashton
        Funny, cuz Ashton translates to "douche bag prankster that doesn't have any marketable skills and spouts conclusions about things he has no understanding of." I love Latin.
      Snark
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love how every ******* with a deadline can insinuate anything they like by putting an innocent little question mark after it. Fisker Karma to blame for garage fire? Evolutionary biologists: secret satanists? Autoblog: Staffed by idiots?
        Rotation
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Snark
        But it is to blame. The car was already determined to be the source of the fire. Now to find the cause for the fire. It may a flaw in the Karma or it might be something else.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Snark
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      stclair5211
      • 2 Years Ago
      A glorified golf cart. I feel bad for the real cars that were in there.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @stclair5211
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      WillieD
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sounds like the Fisker got jealous of the NSX.
        1guyin10
        • 2 Years Ago
        @WillieD
        Or the Karma felt inadequate and offed itself in shame. It should have rolled outside to do that.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @WillieD
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      Awjvail
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice to see I'm not the only one that was only worried about the NSX.
      chirowolf
      • 2 Years Ago
      i sooo wanted Fisker to succeed. I have been pulling for them from the beginning. I evan put a deposit down on one back in 2008!!. Too much hype, too many delays, too many price increases and in the end a car that does not seem ready for prime time. Obviously pouring money into a program does not always produce a quality car.. still hope they sort things out. the Karma is a beautiful car.
      AJ
      • 2 Years Ago
      Noooooooo. Not an NSX
      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 2 Years Ago
      All I got out of this article was that an NSX was damaged. That is the real story here.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Azazel
      • 2 Years Ago
      There goes Maiximum Bob's talking point about electric cars not catching on fire.
        ZenDriver
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Azazel
        Turns out it was the gasoline engine. The electric motors and battery were fine. There goes your comment.
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