A Chinese car salesman allegedly set a car showroom on fire recently when he tried to jumpstart a car’s dead battery using a cell phone charger. MailOnline claims the charger caused the truck to catch fire. A spark from the fire reportedly caused another car to ignite when flames reached a leaky fuel line.
Photos were posted to MailOnline yesterday showing salesmen hosing out the flames with a fire extinguisher. The Hubei Fire department reportedly arrived soon after and finished putting out the fire.
Here, courtesy of Central European News, are a few photos of the ordeal:
The validity of MailOnline’s story is definitely in question. Most cell phone chargers provide 1-2 amps of charging power at five volts. A car, on the other hand, runs on a 12-volt electrical system. The likelihood of A: connecting a phone charger to a battery in any functional way, and B: the weak charger causing the car to catch fire seems pretty slim. If anything, the higher voltage from the car’s system would flow back to the charger and fry it.