Electric bike battery sparked two-alarm bike shop fire in Astoria: FDNY

ASTORIA, QUEENS – An e-bike battery sparked a two-alarm fire at an Astoria bike shop this week, the FDNY said, marking the latest in a plague of scooter battery fires across the country. from the city.

The fire raged for about half an hour Monday afternoon at 5 Hermanos Bike Shop, prompting more than 100 firefighters to rush to the building at 30th Avenue and 41st Street, firefighters said.

After the smoke cleared, however, the store owner confirmed to the FDNY that the fire was started by a charging lithium-ion e-bike battery.

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“[The owner] I witnessed the battery charge fail,” a fire department spokesperson told Patch in a written statement. Patch couldn’t get in touch with anyone at the bike shop.

The blaze is part of a troubling trend of blazes sparked by e-bike batteries – some fatal – in the city in recent times, which officials have largely attributed to the growth in restaurant delivery business and the sales of cheaper, poor quality Battery.

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At least a dozen people have been injured in four fires started by lithium-ion batteries This yearaccording to the FDNY.

Electric scooter batteries were also the source of at least 75 fires60 injured and three dead Last year.

“We really want to underscore the seriousness of this situation,” FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said after the death of a 9-year-old Queens boy in a battery fire last September.

The following month, after firefighters determined that four fires in a week had been caused by e-bike batteries, officials issued a warning to e-bike users, encouraging them to be careful when charging and storing batteries.

“Lithium-ion batteries store a large amount of energy and can pose a threat if not treated properly,” users warned, noting that the batteries are commonly used in cellphones, laptops, tablets, electric cars and scooters.

At 5 Hermanos Bike Shop, however, no one was injured in the fire, according to the FDNY.

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