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Florida Fire Chief: Tesla Model S Battery Reignited Three Times After Fatal Crash

March 03, 2019

DAVIE, FL. – According to an online news report from, a fire chief in Florida reported that a Tesla Model S battery reignited three times after a fatal vehicle crash that occurred in Davie, Florida. The driver of the Tesla crashed into some trees, causing the vehicle to catch on fire.

The crash happened at about 4:30 p.m. on February 24 and involved a 2016 Tesla Model S. The driver reportedly lost control of the car and ended up crashing into some palm trees in the median of Flamingo Road in Davie, according to police officers. It is not clear what caused the loss of control. The Tesla then ignited in flames, trapping the driver inside. 

Police officers and the Daily Mail report that the driver died at the scene of the crash. Emergency responders were not able to reach him because of the intensity of the fire, the Daily Mail reports. Firefighters responding to the scene extinguished the vehicle fire, and the Tesla was later transported to a nearby tow lot on Southwest 66th Terrace. 

Davie Fire Department Battalion Chief Robert DiFerdinando reported that while the Tesla was at the Superior Towing lot, the vehicle battery reignited several times. Hours after the crash, the lithium-ion battery kept erupting back into flames. Firefighters from Davie were called to the lot at least three times during the night, DiFerdinando said. 

DiFerdinando said the repeated fires were due to remaining power stored inside the Tesla’s ruptured battery pack. Firefighters had to use a special chemical to extinguish the fire for the last time. 

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