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Battling fires from water-damaged EVs 'ties up resources' in Hurricane Ian recovery, Florida fire dept says
Battling EV fires ‘ties up resources’ in Hurricane Ian recovery efforts, Florida fire department says
FOX Business’ Madison Alworth reports from Naples, Florida, where the fire department is battling electric vehicle fires due to water damage.
Fire department officials across Southwest Florida are urging electric vehicle owners to take action after multiple EVs caught fire due to water damage from Hurricane Ian – a hazard costing emergency services precious time in recovery efforts.
"It's just the allocation of resources that we have to put towards these fires," North Collier Assistant Fire Chief James Hammond told FOX Business’ Madison Alworth in an appearance on "Varney & Co." Friday. "And it just ties up resources a lot longer."
A top Florida state official warned Thursday that firefighters have battled a number of fires caused by electric vehicle (EV) batteries waterlogged from Hurricane Ian.
EV batteries that have been waterlogged in the wake of the hurricane are at risk of corrosion, which could lead to unexpected fires, according to Jimmy Patronis, the state's top financial officer and fire marshal.
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