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Breaking News: An early Wednesday morning fire in New York City claimed a five-year-old daughter’s and a woman’s lives. The event also critically injured the girl’s father, according to a report in The New York Times, citing fire officials and police.

The FDNY asserts that the fire was caused by a lithium-ion battery – those that are found in e-bikes.

What Did the New York Fire Department Do?

The lithium-ion battery from an electric scooter or bike, according to the New York City Fire Department, caused the initial flames, which began in a sixth-floor apartment just before 2:30 a.m. at the Jackie Robinson Houses in Harlem.

When the apartment building fire started, the girl and her family were reportedly trapped inside their apartment, according to FDNY officials.

According to neighbors who spoke with the Times, the girl’s name was Erica Williams, her father is Erick Williams, and the woman is Chakaina Anderson, Erick’s girlfriend, age 36.

The four-alarm fire caused the death of three dogs.

Just after 2:30, firefighters were called to the scene. Firefighters limited the fire to a single apartment and put it out in less than an hour, the spokesperson explained.

According to the Times, the fire was extinguished, with one person and one firefighter sustaining minor injuries.

A Lithium-ion Battery Sparks the Four-alarm Fire

The Post mentioned that the fire was caused by lithium-ion batteries in an electric bike or scooter that was inside or close to the family’s Bronx apartment building. While the family had several devices in their apartment, a lithium-ion battery from the two-wheeler electric bike or scooter caused the incident.

According to the Post, emergency personnel transported Erica and her father to the hospital, where Erica passed away as a result of her injuries and Erick is still fighting for his life while in critical condition. Anderson died in the blaze caused fire.

The Times said that the FDNY spokesperson had already issued repeated social media warnings to locals about the dangers presented by such batteries in their e-bikes.

Furthermore, the New York City Housing Authority has proposed a ban on such vehicles from apartments because of the fire risk they provide and the batteries they use.

The Jackie Robinson Houses are owned and operated by the authorities.

What Others Have to Say About the Harlem Fire

One of the neighbors who escaped from the Harlem fire with her children said to the times, “It’s a tragedy that it happened; a little girl’s life was lost.”

Courtney Story, one of Erick’s co-workers also said, “I hope to God he pulls through. It’s going to be a process to pull through, and then your baby is gone.”

Recent Statistics Involving E-bike Battery Incidents

According to the Post, there has been a rising number of safety incidents involving lithium-ion batteries in New York City in 2022. The outlet reported that there were 121 investigations into such events as of Wednesday, up from 104 a year ago.

Five people have died, and 66 have been injured in city fires related to lithium-ion batteries this year.

Fires caused by these batteries resulted in four deaths and 79 injuries last year.

There have been cases where fires caused by these e-bikes have spread vertically through the structure’s internal framework, spreading from the ground floor to the top floor.

Ehline Law Firm Stands Against Electric Vehicles!

Ehline Law lobbies against the use of electrical vehicles because of the accidents caused by these rechargeable batteries. In this specific assistance, the fire broke out and left two innocent people dead and one in critical condition. While this scooter self-combusted, charging rechargeable batteries can also be dangerous.

Our hearts go out to the three residents affected by the fire caused by this electronic device. Ehline Law Firm wishes Erick a speedy recovery as well as those who suffered minor injuries. If you or a loved one has been in a similar accident, contact us for a free consultation.

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