Hybrid Car To Blame For Neil Young Warehouse Fire

A one-of-a-kind hybrid vehicle is the cause of a recent fire at a San Francisco warehouse that stored Neil Young's musical equipment.

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A one-of-a-kind hybrid vehicle is the cause of a recent fire at a San Francisco warehouse that stored Neil Young's musical equipment, memorabilia and more. Belmont-San Carlos Fire Marshal Jim Palisi said that the three-alarm blaze began in Young's 1959 Lincoln Continental, called LincVolt because it runs on electric batteries and a biodiesel-powered generator.

Young famously hired workers to turn the Continental into a hybrid vehicle and documented the process in a four-part film series in 2008. In a statement, the Canadian rocker said the problem with LincVolt seems to be an operator error that occurred in an untested part of the charging system. The car's computer was recovered from the fire and might provide more information.

The fire did more than $1 million worth of damage to Young's items and the 10,000 square-foot building they were housed in. Young praised firefighters, who prevented the destruction of 70 percent of the contents, including five other classic cars. A lot of archival items were threatened and the fire department did a first-class job protecting them, he said.

Thanks for the report to Bryan Wawzenek, Gibson.com

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    wayneaj
    Doodleface wrote: Which is why I won't be buying a hybrid car for a good number of years.
    Haha. what? You won't buy a hybrid car because a tweeked 1959 Continental caught on fire? Far be it from me to question your logic, I guess. I won't be buying a hybrid car because they are expensive.
    snaaake
    Doodleface wrote: Which is why I won't be buying a hybrid car for a good number of years.
    "A car that was modified to become hybrid caught fire due to an untested charging system, therefore all hybrids are dangerous." Am I understanding you properly, or is there a factor I'm missing?
    CelluloidPunk
    Hippykiller wrote: You know how I know you'll be buying a hybrid? 'Cause you listen to Coldplay.
    HAHA!
    KoK_Guitarist
    Hippykiller wrote: You know how I know you'll be buying a hybrid? 'Cause you listen to Coldplay.
    LOL hats the funniest shit i've heard all day today. Right on dude!!
    eatfresh1736
    If there's one troll that deserves to be stuck in every article, it's Coldplay-bashing. Awesome!
    qcollis
    Kind of ironic i guess. I won't be buying a hybrid because I don't want to buy a hybrid