Update: 5-year-old girl, woman killed when scooter or e-bike battery sparks fire at Manhattan apartment, FDNY officials say

  • Source: WCBS-TV CBS 2 New York
  • Published: 08/04/2022 12:00 AM

VIDEO: Investigators are revealing the cause of an early morning deadly fire in East Harlem. An e-bike's battery sparked the explosion that killed two people, including a 5-year-old girl, at the Jackie Robinson Houses on East 129th Street. Police say the child's father remains hospitalized in critical condition. As CBS2's Astrid Martinez reports, The fire ripped through the sixth floor apartment early Wednesday morning, tragically trapping the young girl, her father, his girlfiend and three dogs inside their home. "People were knocking on doors. Like, we're a tight knit community, so they started knocking on doors and letting everyone know," said Miriam Rodriguez. Rodriguez woke up to devastation early Wednesday morning. She described the scene after the fire broke out across the street from her home.


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