More than 100 firefighters respond to Astoria bike store fire: FDNY

ASTORIA, QUEENS — A two-alarm fire broke out at an Astoria bike shop on Monday afternoon, belching smoke through the neighborhood as more than 100 firefighters battled the blaze, according to the FDNY.

The fire started shortly before 2 p.m. at 5 Hermanos Bike Shop, a store on the first floor of 30-05 41st Street, which is also an apartment building, firefighters said.

As the blaze spread from the building’s first to second floors, firefighters quickly issued a second alarm, prompting 106 firefighters from 25 different units to rush to 30th Avenue and 41st Street, according to the FDNY.

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Videos posted on Citizen show smoke billowing from the building as fire engines swarm the streets around the building.

As of 2:30 p.m., no one was injured, according to the FDNY. Firefighters brought the blaze under control about half an hour later, officials said.

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An investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing, an official said, but some online reports said e-bike batteries started the fire.

Electric scooter batteries were originally at least 75 fires60 injured and three dead last year, which officials attributed to growth in the restaurant delivery business and the sale of cheaper, poor quality Battery.

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

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