Montreal

Electric car catches fire and explodes in Île-Bizard garage

Montreal firefighters are investigating after an electric car caught fire and exploded inside a residential garage in Île-Bizard​​​​​​​ on Friday.

No one was injured and Montreal firefighters are investigating

The explosion blew the front of the garage clean across the street. (Mathieu Daniel Wagner/Radio-Canada)

Montreal firefighters are investigating after an electric car caught fire and exploded inside a residential garage in Île-Bizard on Friday.

The explosion launched the garage door clean off and sent it flying across the street.

Piero Cosentino saw dark clouds of smoke coming from his garage Friday afternoon.

"As soon as I saw that, I immediately turned off the breaker," he told CBC.

Piero Cosentino only bought his electric Hyundai Kona in March. (CBC)

Cosentino's car, a Hyundai Kona, was on fire. He had just bought the vehicle in March.

Firefighters were called to the scene around 1 p.m. and were able to put out the blaze. No one was injured.

Still, Cosentino knows things could have been different.

"If we were in front of the garage door, we could have been in the hospital," he said.

Piero Cosentino's car, a Hyundai Kona, caught fire and exploded around 1 p.m. on Friday. (Mathieu Daniel Wagner/Radio-Canada)

Costentino says the car wasn't charging — he insists it wasn't even plugged in.

Electric cars are powered by lithium batteries and some can overheat in extreme temperatures.

Louise Desrosiers, with Montreal's fire service, said that there didn't seem to be any other factors inside the garage that could have caused the explosion.

With files from Valeria Cori-Manocchio, La Presse Canadienne