Burn­ing ques­tion

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biodiesel-burn­ing mi­cro­tur­bine that charges its bat­ter­ies.

Early this month, fire­fight­ers were called to the San Car­los, Cal­i­for­nia, ware­house where the Linc­Volt was stored and man­aged to ex­tin­guish the blaze that had bro­ken out.

They man­aged to save about 70 per cent of the mu­sic equip­ment, art, mem­o­ra­bilia and other items Young had stored there, though the bill for dam­age to both build­ing and con­tents is es­ti­mated at about $1.1 mil­lion.

Of­fi­cials launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into what caused the fire — which Bel­mont-San Car­los Fire Chief Doug Fry said was not be­lieved to be sus­pi­cious — and the seat of the blaze has re­port­edly been traced back to the vicin­ity of the car.

But Young has said in a state­ment that the fire it­self was a re­sult of hu­man er­ror and could not be blamed on the car.

‘‘We are still in­ves­ti­gat­ing the ex­act cause, though it ap­pears to be an op­er­a­tor er­ror that oc­curred in an untested part of the charg­ing sys­tem,’’ Young says.

‘‘We do know that the car has been op­er­at­ing per­fectly for al­most 2000 miles and the sys­tem in ques­tion would not be in use while driv­ing the car.

‘‘We are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the com­po­nents in­volved with plug-in charg­ing.

‘‘The wall charg­ing sys­tem was not com­pletely tested and had never been left unat­tended.

‘‘A mis­take was made — it was not the fault of the car.’’

Chrome dreams: (left) Neil Young’s 1959 hy­brid Lin­coln Con­ti­nen­tal and (above) Young (left) with fel­low mu­si­cian Daniel Lanois.

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