Two Teslas Destroyed in Fires in San Francisco, Suspected Arson Under Investigation

Two Teslas were engulfed in flames and destroyed in separate incidents in San Francisco over the weekend, with authorities suspecting arson. The San Francisco Fire Department responded to two vehicle fires within a 30-minute period early Saturday morning. The first fire occurred on Bonifacio Street, while the second incident took place on Shipley Street. The fire department is investigating at least one of the fires as a suspected case of arson.

Video footage obtained by CBS News Bay Area captured the moment when the second Tesla, a white Model Y, was intentionally set ablaze around 12:45 a.m. The unidentified individual ignited a fire in one of the wheel wells, causing the entire vehicle to be engulfed in flames within minutes.

Van Vuong, a local resident, discovered the burned vehicle on his way to play tennis on Saturday morning. Initially unaware that it was his own car, he expressed disbelief upon realizing the unfortunate fate of his Tesla. The first Tesla fire on Bonifacio Street occurred just half an hour before the second incident on Shipley Street. The fire department and police are investigating both fires together, although it is unclear if the first Tesla was also intentionally set on fire.

No arrests have been made in connection with the Tesla burnings. These incidents follow the recent destruction of a self-driving Waymo electric vehicle during Lunar New Year celebrations in Chinatown, located just over a mile away. Videos circulating on social media showed vandals using a skateboard to smash the car’s windows while its rooftop sensors continued to operate.

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