So, crazy story... I work with this gentleman's best friend. He sent me an email over the weekend when he heard the news of his friend car because he knew I had one too. I asked him to have his friend call me when he is able to but apparently he's still in shock. Based on the photos, it doesn't appear that the fire started in the battery - I know I'll be accused of grasping straws - but if this is found to be related to the Inverter unit (EPCU) which appears to be related to the hissing noise many of us are experiencing - we have a huge safety recall on our hands! When he gets in touch with me, I'm going to ask him if he experienced this hissing noise as well.