This is a golf cart owners worst nightmare: To return to their cart and find it a burnt out wreck. This particular cart was already covered in flames when the fire department attended the scene in the Destiny East neighborhood of Destine, Florida earlier this week.
Thankfully no one was injured and the golf cart did not set fire to anything else, such as a car port or house as has happened in other cart fires in the past. Golf cart fires can be caused by various faults with the cart itself as well outside factors such as arson. Although it's too early to say what the cause of the inferno was in this case.
"This case is still under investigation," said Battalion Chief Mike Urenda, via TheDestinLog.com
The majority of fires affecting gas golf carts are due to gasoline getting into contact with an ignition source such as a hot exhaust pipe. Gas cart fires are typically started when the cart is being driven as this is the only time that gas is flowing and the exhaust is hot, although a fuel system leak could cause a fire at immediately after it's parked.
The cart in the photograph above seems to have been parked when it caught fire and we're thinking that it's an electric golf cart. Electric carts have been known to "spontaneously combust" in the past, usually due to a poorly connected golf cart battery that causes a spark which starts a fire.
Whatever the cause of the fire ensuring that your cart is maintained properly will reduce the likelihood of it catching fire and being reduced to a wreck. There are a few things that you can check on a regular basis that will make sure it's in good working order.
Gas golf carts should have their fuel system inspected regularly by a qualified mechanic to make sure that all fuel pipe fittings are tight and don't leak. All fuel pipes should be checked over for cracks and deterioration and the gas tank should not have any rusty holes or cracks that could leak fuel everywhere.
If you own an electric powered cart make sure all battery cables are securely connected to the batteries and visually inspect the cables and replace any that are frayed or split. The cables should also be the correct gauge and rated for use in your carts' electrical system.