2 die after lithium-ion battery sparks weekend fire at Washington Heights apartment

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Tuesday, May 9, 2023
2 die after weekend apartment fire in Washington Heights
Two people died after four were taken to the hospital after a fire broke out inside an apartment on West 190th Street in Washington Heights.

WASHINGTON HEIGHTS, Manhattan (WABC) -- Two people injured over the weekend in an apartment fire in Washington Heights have died.

Officials said Tuesday that the other two people injured in the blaze remain in critical condition.

The apartment went up in flames Sunday afternoon at 565 West 190th Street.

The FDNY said the fire marshal determined a lithium-ion battery sparked the flames in the fourth-floor apartment.

Neighbors said Sunday they were worried about the victims - all four residents were taken to the hospital. All the victims are adults, but one in particular had neighbors very concerned - a 98-year-old woman who has lived in the building for at least 40 years. She is like a grandmother figure to many of the neighbors who grew up with her.

The names and ages of the victims who died were not yet known.

Firefighters are urging anyone who has lithium-ion batteries in their home to ensure they are using them safely.

The news of the deaths comes as two people -- a woman and a teenager -- were killed in an apartment fire in Brooklyn on Tuesday morning.

In an unrelated fire, a woman died in a fire in the Bronx on Tuesday morning as well.

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