Neil Young: Plug-in vehicle likely causes fire


Music legend Neil Young has released a statement about a fire last week that caused about $1.1 million in damage at a San Carlos warehouse he was renting, saying a hybrid vehicle was likely to blame for the blaze.

The LincVolt, a 1959 Lincoln Continental converted to a zero-emissions, plug-in vehicle, appears to have caused the fire, according to Young's statement.

"We are still investigating the exact cause, although it appears to be an operator error that occurred in an untested part of the charging system," Young said in the statement.

Young said a computer in the vehicle "may function like a 'black box'" that can provide data about what caused the blaze. He said his team is removing the computer and sending it to a lab for inspection.

Officials with the Belmont-San Carlos Fire Department were not immediately available for comment on the case, but Young thanked the department for its efforts in saving valuable memorabilia and other items in the warehouse.

"A lot of archival items were threatened, and the fire department did a first-class job protecting them," Young said. "We are lucky to have these professionals in our area."

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