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FDNY: Charging lithium-ion battery blamed for Queens bike shop fire

Published May 10, 2022

NEW YORK (BRAIN) — A two-alarm fire at a Queens bike shop on Monday was caused by a charging lithium-ion battery, according to FDNY.

The 5 Hermanos Bike Shop at 3005 41st St. was engulfed in flames at about 2 p.m., forcing some residents from their second-story apartments above the bike shop before the blaze was contained and extinguished.

Three firemen were hospitalized with minor injuries, according to a fire official speaking with WNBC-TV Channel 4 who also added there was nobody inside the bike shop when the fire started.

It's the latest in a series of fires in the city blamed on lithium-ion batteries. Last month, a charging lithium-ion battery caught fire at a longtime South Florida bike shop and destroyed the interior and much of the inventory. No injuries were reported.

Topics associated with this article: Electric bike

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