According to the FDNY, two kids perished on Monday in Astoria, Queens, after becoming trapped in their second-floor apartment after an e-bike battery caught fire and blocked their only exit.
According to fire officials, a lithium-ion battery that was supposed to charge in the vestibule on 46th St. at 28th Ave. caught fire just after 2 p.m. An adult and four other children escaped the incident, perhaps by leaping from the windows.
According to the FDNY, it took 25 units and 106 firemen nearly an hour to put out the fire at around 3:15 p.m.
According to FDNY Director Laura Kavanagh, “The horrible incident that claimed the lives of two young people on Monday afternoon is a sharp reminder of the importance of a subject the FDNY has been discussing for some time: education and awareness around lithium-ion batteries.”
She continued that we strongly advise customers to abide by all manufacturer safety instructions and recommendations.
“We are also urging our federal, state, and local partners to enact laws as soon as possible to help ensure that tragedies like today’s fire are avoided. We feel terrible for the victims’ families.
The fire is still under investigation by the fire marshals.