Were there fires before we invented EVs?
Yes, but ship fires in the national news are rare.
The context of EVs in the story probably relates to an incident from last year
That particular vessel was further out at sea and burned for 10-15 days. The ship involved in this case was likely closer to shore and probably had less cargo value
And we certainly have heard of fires caused by overheating lithium batteries. Not this time, but if not reported, most of us would ask the question.
For what purpose? Never mind!