Tesla Charger blamed for house fire by NFL player’s wife: ‘Lucky to be alive’ – Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA)

Tesla Charger blamed for house fire by NFL player’s wife: ‘Lucky to be alive’ – Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA)

A National Football League (NFL) player thanks emergency personnel after a adze TSLA the charger apparently malfunctioned and set his family’s house on fire.

What happened: Broadband receiver Randall Cobb took to Instagram to share an update on the fire in a joint message with his wife Aiyda Cobb.

“Thank you for all the love and positive messages,” Cobb wrote, thanking the Nashville Fire Department for their quick response to the fire. “First and foremost, we are all safe and sound.”

Cobb, his wife and three children escaped from the house after the fire started. He even returned to the house to get the family dog, Louie, to safety.

“I can’t get the image out of my head of a brave firefighter stepping up,” said Cobb, who played 10 seasons with the Green Bay Packers before joining the New York Jets for the 2023 season. “That was a reminder . that nothing is more important than the health of our family.”

Aiyda, in an earlier post on her personal Instagram, said the family was “lucky to be alive” and blamed the fire on an electric vehicle charger, as reported by the New York Post.

“Tesla charger caught fire in garage late at night and spread quickly,” Aiyda said on her Instagram stories. “I left the house with nothing but the clothes on my back and no shoes on my feet.”

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Why does it matter: Over the years, fires have been reported at various charging stations and from chargers located inside garages. It appears that the Tesla vehicles themselves may have been making smoke.

In 2022, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration sought information from Tesla regarding quality issues reported with its cars, as well as an accident involving its 2021 Model Y vehicle that caught fire in Vancouver.

For Cobb, the fire destroyed more than one of his vehicles. “I really thought the cars were going to explode,” he said, unsure if other possessions in the house could be saved.

Tesla did not respond to Benzinga’s request for comment.

Related link: Tesla tells driver to bring ‘burnt-out’ Model Y to service center after it bursts into flames on the side of the road

What’s next: It is not known if the charger was connected to a vehicle or which vehicle may have caused the fire.

An incident report will likely be closely monitored as it could indicate user error or safety risks for Tesla chargers.

Cobb is currently a free agent. He played in 11 games last season and caught five passes for 39 yards. In his NFL career, Cobb has 630 receptions for 7,624 yards and 54 touchdowns.

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