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Fire Tagged As Cause On Scooter Battery That Kills 8-year-old Girl In NYC

By 09/19/2022 4:05 PMNo Comments

Authorities in New York City claimed an electric scooter battery triggered a fire that killed an 8-year-old girl.

Stephanie Villa Torres’ death on Saturday marked at least the third tragic fire in the city due to a scooter battery in less than a year.

The fire was reported at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday.

According to a police spokesperson, the incident occurred at a residence in Queens. Stephanie was discovered unresponsive and died at a hospital.

Officials said the girl’s father and 18-year-old brother were treated for burns and smoke inhalation.

According to a fire department official, the blaze was started by a lithium battery from an electric scooter — one of many fires blamed on electric scooter and bike batteries in New York City in the last two years.

A mother and a 5-year-old child were killed in Harlem on August 3 by a fire caused by a scooter battery, while a 9-year-old kid was killed in Queens in September 2021 by a fire caused by an e-scooter.

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