EVG reader Joe shared these photos from this morning, showing soot and broken glass on the sidewalk... and a burned-up office chair on the fire escape outside the third-floor apartment where the fire started... Citizen app: "Firefighters advise that a lithium battery was involved in the fire.")
There weren't reports of any injuries... and no word on the extent — if any — of damage to the ground-floor tenant, Haile Bistro.
CBS 2 reported last month that "lithium-ion battery fires are prompting more and more apartment buildings to pull the plug on e-bikes."
As NY1 reported yesterday: "The FDNY says 66 fires have been started by lithium-ion batteries, killing five people. Last year, the city saw 216 fires and six deaths related to the batteries."
This past week, two people died after a fire on West 190th Street sparked by a lithium battery.
there's a STOP WORK ORDER on this property for the illegal conversion they have in the rear yard - keep an eye out for "work without a permit" on this landlord. They are notorious!
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