Elmhurst Home Goes Up in Flames, at Least 1 Dead in Battery-Sparked Fire – NBC New York

Fire investigators are able to level blame at the reason for a lethal in a single day home fireplace in Queens that claimed the lifetime of a person in his 60s and injured almost a dozen folks.

The inferno kicked off round 11 p.m. in the Elmhurst neighborhood, rapidly engulfing the house on 89th Road in flames and heavy smoke. Video confirmed flames a number of toes excessive capturing out of the constructing’s home windows.

A 2-alarm response was dispatched to the 3-story residence, the place the damage rely ultimately climbed into double digits. Officers say 10 folks had been injured — that determine consists of 4 firefighters — and one man died.

Investigators with the FDNY imagine the fireplace was sparked by a lithium-ion battery presumably used to energy an e-bike or scooter. Such a tool was pulled from the

FDNY members had been capable of get the Elmhurst blaze underneath management shortly earlier than 1 a.m., however sources say the fireplace rekindled round 2 a.m. because of a number of extra batteries elsewhere in the constructing.

E-bike associated fires have been on the rise in latest years and have been blamed for untold harm throughout town.

In keeping with fireplace division stats, at least 216 fires had been began final 12 months due to the battery-powered gadgets. And in 2021, some 106 e-bike fires had been recorded.

The FDNY urges folks to by no means retailer e-bikes close to an exit and never go away a charging gadget unattended in a single day.