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Florida’s Top Fire Marshal Warns ‘Tons’ of Waterlogged Electric Vehicles Catching on Fire After Hurricane Ian

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Firefighters in Florida are dealing with a new challenge in the wake of Hurricane Ian—waterlogged electric vehicle (EV) batteries erupting in flames.

Florida’s chief financial officer and state fire marshal, Jimmy Patronis, took to Twitter on Oct. 6 to warn of the increased numbers of incidents in which electric vehicle batteries have corroded amid the storm, prompting fires to begin.

“There’s a ton of EVs disabled from Ian. Fires can start as the batteries corrode. That’s a new challenge that our firefighters haven’t faced before,” Patronis said. “At least on this kind of scale.”

Patronis shared a video alongside the tweet showing firefighters from the North Collier Fire Rescue (NCFR) attempting to put out smoke stemming from an EV in the middle of a busy road.

Patronis said that there is a “ton of EVs disabled from Ian.”

One woman can be heard claiming that firefighters have already put out the fire, but that smoke continues to grow. “That goes to show how dangerous these…



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