E-scooter batteries caused NYC fire that killed child, woman – New York Post

The East Harlem blaze that killed a 5-year-old girl and her father’s girlfriend – as well as three dogs – was sparked by lithium-ion batteries on an e-scooter or e-bike, fire officials said. 

The little girl, her 46-year-old dad and his 36-year-old girlfriend Chakaina Anderson became trapped inside a sixth-floor apartment of the eight-story building within NYCHA’s Jackie Robinson Houses during the fire that broke out just after 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, authorities said. 

The girl and her father were rushed to Harlem Hospital, where the child succumbed to her injuries and the man remains in critical condition Thursday morning, police said. 

Three dogs also died in the blaze, authorities said.

The deadly fire stemmed from the batteries used for e-scooters and e-bikes, the FDNY tweeted hours after the blaze. 

A charred e-bike can be seen at the scene where an early Wednesday blaze killed a 5-year-old girl, her dad's girlfriend and three dogs.
A charred e-bike can be seen at the scene where an early Wednesday blaze killed a 5-year-old girl, her dad’s girlfriend and three dogs.
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The FDNY said the fire stemmed from the batteries used for e-scooters and e-bikes.
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Firefighters battle the fire that killed a 5-year-old girl, 26-year-old woman and three dogs on the grounds of NYCHA's Jackie Robinson Houses.
Firefighters battle the fire that killed a 5-year-old girl, a 36-year-old woman and three dogs on the grounds of NYCHA’s Jackie Robinson Houses.
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Photos show at least three of the motorized devices at and near the scene, one of which appears heavily charred.

Fire marshals have seen an uptick in the amount of lithium-ion battery incidents this year so far, with 121 investigations through Wednesday – compared to 104 in all of 2021.

Battery-related fires are blamed for five deaths and 66 injuries this year so far, and four deaths and 79 injuries last year, according to FDNY.

One of the victims of the East Harlem blaze is taken into an ambulance.
The 5-year-old girl and a 36-year-old woman identified as her father’s girlfriend succumbed to their injuries at local hospitals.
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Another civilian suffered a minor injury in the fire and was taken to Mount Sinai Medical Center, the FDNY said. 

A firefighter went to Mount Sinai Morningside, also with minor injuries, according to the FDNY. 

Police have not identified the father and 6-year old in the fire pending family notification.

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