The owner said they’re batteries from hybrid vehicles that he bought from a yard that sells car parts.
“We have them as an area of origin. We don’t actually know what caused the fire though,” FENZ Counties Manukau Assistant Commander Phil Larcombe told Newshub.
“There’s many ways a lithium style battery can catch fire. Usually there’s damage to the batteries which results to the fire. It’s been a very hot couple of days up here in Auckland so that may have played a part in it as well.”
Larcombe said there’s a been a growing number of fire starting from electric or hybrid car batteries.
“Globally it is a trend that we’re seeing obviously with electric vehicles, hybrid type vehicles, scooters, bikes etc around the world and in New Zealand.”
The advice is to charge batteries in a well-ventilated place and ensure the battery hasn’t been damaged in any way.
Larcombe thanked the fire crews who worked very hard to put the flames out in about two hours despite challenging conditions.