Fire burns 8 cars at Disneyland garage

Posted Tuesday, February 14, 2017 8:25 AM | Contributed by Jeff

At least eight cars caught fire at a Disneyland parking structure Monday night, injuring park staffers, prompting some evacuations and causing nearly $180,000 in damage, authorities said. During the blaze, seven Disney employees suffered minor injuries from smoke inhalation, four of whom were taken to the hospital.

Read more from The LA Times.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 10:45 AM

Let's start a petition to return DCA to its parking lot glory! ;)

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 9:52 PM

Thank goodness no solar panels were harmed.

*EDIT* According to this pic, a Toyota Prius seems to be at the center of the blaze, and the black area on the roof just might be a solar panel.

Last edited by Tommytheduck, Tuesday, February 14, 2017 10:01 PM
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 11:39 PM

"New for Dorney in 2017 - the addition of 8 new bumper cars!"


And Michigan's Adventure still doesn't get anything.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 12:18 AM

Dude, your stuff is on fire!

Anyone see Aaron Rodgers nearby?

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 5:44 AM

Friends of ours were out there and their rental car was broken into in the parking garage. They were told that you park at your own risk.

I wonder if that's what these people were told after cars caught fire.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 8:21 AM

"Park at your own risk" is pretty standard for any parking lot or garage, paid or not.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 8:37 AM

Craziest thing, though... the radio still works!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 11:09 AM

Hmmm, I wonder if the Prius in question is a new one with the new lithium ion battery option? Toyota historically used nickel-metal hydride chemistry in Prius batteries but is now offering the lithium ion option. Boeing (B787) and Samsung (Note 7) have had serious battery issues on their products in the past, perhaps Toyota is joining them.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 11:43 AM

Doubtful. I have 100 kWh of those batteries in my garage and I'm not particularly worried about it. One type has been around for four years, the other for seven, none have ever spontaneously caught fire.

Thursday, February 16, 2017 4:52 PM

New-er, but not new-est. This model appears to fit the burnt out shape. This is 2011 - 2016, I believe.

I'm an auto "enthusiast" but cannot think of a vehicle I'm less "enthusiastic" about than the Prius. (Maybe the i-MiEV.) Mostly I'm doing this because I enjoy identifying cars. Especially by hard to decipher pictures or partial pictures.

I thought Toyota and everyone else had taken care of the battery fire issues. I wasn't suggesting that the Prius caused the fire, but it did appear to be at the center of it, regardless of what happened.

Last edited by Tommytheduck, Thursday, February 16, 2017 5:00 PM
Thursday, February 16, 2017 7:02 PM

I'm a car enthusiast as well, and the Prius is also one of my least favorite cars, but I rented one once and didn't hate it. It actually handled pretty well for what it is, and had more power than I expected. Granted, that was after I turned off Eco mode or whatever it's called, and there's no way in the world I wouldn't do that every time I got behind the wheel. But that entirely defeats the purpose of owning a Prius.

Thursday, February 16, 2017 7:43 PM

That's a 3rd gen Prius. I had one of those, as well as a Prius V (the "wagon"), and they were both pretty great cars that got crazy good mileage. The V was a little lower, but the amount of cargo you could get in that thing was nuts. We're all-EV now, and I never want to go back. The idea of millions of tiny explosions propelling your car after you've felt the immediate torque of an electric motor seems silly.

Thursday, February 16, 2017 8:37 PM

Although there are some really sweet IC engines that make it a pleasure to drive. I like electric cars but for me to own one would require a much larger nationwide charging infrastructure and a little quicker charging. I drive around 40k to 50k a year so range and quick charging is an issue. We'll see what type of charging infrastructure VW comes up with as part of the diesel settlement. Who knows, maybe an electric Tesla or VW is in my future at some point.

Thursday, February 16, 2017 9:05 PM

There isn't anywhere I haven't been able to drive in the Tesla. I even drove to NC around a hurricane.

Friday, February 17, 2017 10:17 AM

Once full EV's hit $30,000 (and are made by Mazda), I'll be open to start seriously looking - but for now, I love my 41 MPG Mazda3, and still have 2.5 years of paying on it. :)

Friday, February 17, 2017 11:10 AM

Yeah, the only real unsolved problem with EV's is cost, and no amount of my enthusiasm or advocacy overlooks that. But it's getting there. The Bolt sort of proves what is possible (although I can't understand why they're allegedly taking such a bath on the cost), and the Model 3 will deliver in volume.

Friday, February 17, 2017 1:03 PM

I'm confident they will get there, sooner than we think. I daydream about paying off my Mazda, parking it and using it for longer trips and more "practical" uses, and picking up a fun little EV to make my commute to work a little better. I would love it more companies came out with electric and even hybrid models of their current lineups, but who knows when that will become practical.

Friday, February 17, 2017 2:09 PM

Honestly, it was the Nissan Leaf that sold us. That's what we use for a lot of the daily getting around. The range is limited to around 100 miles, but we never do more than that running around town.

Friday, February 17, 2017 4:27 PM

Despite what I said about the Prius in my last post, I was actually disappointed when, last year, we almost rented a Prius C. (The small one) We chose it from the row of "compact" rentals, but it had a terrible smell inside. We ended up in a Kia Soul, but since we put 1000 miles on the car at California gas prices, it would have been nice.

I'm curious to drive one and feel what it's like to live with it. As a rental, it's okay for a week. And since we're thousands of miles from home, it's not like we're ever going to see these people again, right? Hahaha.

As for EV's, I think I've mentioned to Jeff that I did drive a BMW i3 once. It had a very impressive 0-30, and a cool interior, but not a vehicle I would ever own. I like the Chevy Bolt, but I don't feel you get enough for your money. I've also said I'd love a Tesla. Of course, it would have to be the $110,000 "ludicrous speed" model... But due to my unique commuting situation, the car is unusable to me at the present time. If the Model 3 were to be offered with a gas engine backup, like the Volt or i3, I'd seriously consider one.


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