Fatal house fire was latest of New York City battery blazes, FDNY says

  • Source: WPIX-TV Mission Broadcasting 11 New York City
  • Published: 01/23/2023 12:00 AM

A Queens house fire that killed one person and injured 10 others was sparked by a lithium-ion battery, the fire department said Saturday. It adds to a series of battery blazes that have caused concern in the city. The latest ripped through two floors of a home on 89th Street, a few blocks from LaGuardia Airport, around 11 p.m. Friday. One occupant was pronounced dead at a hospital after being found on the home’s second floor, suffering from smoke inhalation, police said in a release. The fire department said 10 other people, including four firefighters, were taken to hospitals for treatment, at least seven of them with minor injuries. Fire marshals later determined that a lithium-ion battery caused the blaze, the fire department tweeted Saturday.


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