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38 injured in New York building fire caused by lithium battery

38 injured in New York building fire caused by lithium battery

Total 38 people were injured As a result A fire caused by a lithium battery An electric bicycle in a New York neighborhood ManhattanThe New York Fire Department said.

There are at least two victims Dangerous situation Y Five are seriousFire Commissioner pointed out. Laura Kavanagh.

They recounted at a briefing that firefighters received a call shortly after 10:00 local time, a fire that broke out on the twentieth floor of the apartment building, setting off three alarms. NBC.

Fire Commissioner Laura Kavanagh said at least two of the victims were in critical condition and five others were in critical condition. (Twitter)

Many people collected pictures of thick smoke coming from one of the apartments in building no 429 52nd StreetIn Manhattan, the spectacular rescue of a woman’s facade by a rope attached to the roof of a building.

Neighbors described the scene as one of great confusion and uncertainty, which began around 10 a.m. with a heavy smell of smoke. Half an hour later, there was an explosion Windows and glass were shattered everywhere.

After 4 deaths and 79 injuries were recorded in 2021 due to fires caused by these batteries, the New York attorney general's office launched a campaign to distribute information brochures in several languages ​​with recommendations for charging, storage and maintenance.  (Twitter)
After 4 deaths and 79 injuries were recorded in 2021 due to fires caused by these batteries, the New York attorney general’s office launched a campaign to distribute information brochures in several languages ​​with recommendations for charging, storage and maintenance. (Twitter)

Those who lived above the 20th floor where the fire occurred, were expelled to the roof. New York Police Department He sent the helicopterBut no recovery was done with it.

A fire department official spoke to reporters Daniel E. Flynn He assured me that there are many on the same floor Electric bikes And the apartment dweller was dedicated to fixing them.

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In statements to the media, Fire Chief Daniel E.  Flynn confirmed that there were several electric bicycles on the same floor and that the resident of the apartment was repairing them.  (Twitter)
In statements to the media, Fire Chief Daniel E. Flynn confirmed that there were several electric bicycles on the same floor and that the resident of the apartment was repairing them. (Twitter)

Flynn recalled their record so far this year 200 fires caused by lithium batteries Six people have died.

Authorities have repeatedly stated the dangers of these batteries and have launched public awareness campaigns.

According to experts, these batteries, when overcharged, Causing a dilating effectIt is not an explosion, but produces flames.

So far this year, six people have died in 200 lithium battery fires, according to Fire Chief Daniel E.  Flynn recalled.  (Twitter)
So far this year, six people have died in 200 lithium battery fires, according to Fire Chief Daniel E. Flynn recalled. (Twitter)

Last September, the New York District Attorney After registration in 2021, he launched a campaign to distribute information leaflets in several languages ​​with recommendations for loading, storage and maintenance. 4 people died and 79 were injured From fire caused by these batteries.

The batteries of electric bicycles used by thousands of home delivery men, lithium-ion and with high energy storage capacity, are “more likely to catch fire than a traditional battery,” the prosecutor’s office warned.

(with information from EFE)

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