A Tesla Model S electric car caught fire this week after hitting road debris on a Tennessee freeway, the third fire in a Model S in the past five weeks.
The blaze Wednesday near Smyrna, Tenn., engulfed the front of the car. A spokeswoman for the Tennessee Highway Patrol said the Model S ran over a tow hitch, which hit the undercarriage of the car, causing an electrical fire.
It’s the second Model S blaze involving road debris. In early October, a driver near Seattle hit debris that pierced a shield and the battery pack, causing a fire.
In the other fire, a driver in Mexico crashed into a concrete wall and a tree at a high speed.
The driver in Tennessee pulled onto an emergency lane and escaped. A spokeswoman said Tesla contacted the driver, who believes the car saved his life.
Wendy’s third-quarter loss narrowed as more customers snapped up its new Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger and Pretzel Pub Chicken sandwiches, along with other menu items.
Results beat expectations and the company raised its guidance Thursday. However, the company said it expects adjusted earnings, before taxes, interest, and other items, to fall 10 percent in the fourth quarter, as it invests in future growth initiatives.
Facebook confirmed Thursday that it is opening a Boston-area office just a couple of miles from where the website was founded in Mark Zuckerberg’s Harvard University dorm room.
The office will be in Cambridge, where Harvard is located, and will focus on infrastructure projects in areas including storage, networking, security, and language runtimes. Facebook’s headquarters is in Menlo Park, Calif.
Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages rose slightly last week but remained near historically low levels.
Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said the average rate on the 30-year loan increased to 4.16 percent from 4.10 percent last week, which was the lowest level in four months.
The average on the 15-year fixed mortgage rose to 3.27 percent from 3.20 percent.