Lithium-ion battery sparked deadly house fire in Elmhurst: FDNY

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Saturday, January 21, 2023
Lithium-ion battery sparked deadly house fire in Elmhurst: FDNY
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One person was killed and several others were injured in a Queens house fire that FDNY investigators say was sparked by a lithium-ion battery. Marcus Solis has the details.

EAST ELMHURST, Queens (WABC) -- One person was killed and several others were injured in a Queens house fire that FDNY investigators say was sparked by a lithium-ion battery.

Officials say the heavy flames tore through the home on 89th Street in East Elmhurst at around 11 p.m. Friday.

As firefighters worked to put out the blaze, they found a man in his 60s unconscious on the second floor. He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Soon after the fire, residents said they thought an e-scooter was to blame for the flames.

"I unplugged the scooter, I was on the first floor. As I'm putting cereal in a bowl, I heard an explosion, like gunfire. As I open the door to the second floor, those stairs were already on fire in seconds. It was a disaster," Jose Corona said.

Firefighters pulled a burnt scooter from the residence.

Some of the other residents in the home were taken to the hospital to be treated for minor injuries. At least one firefighter also suffered minor injuries during the incident.

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