New York: 38 injured due to electric scooter battery fire

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New York: 38 injured due to electric scooter battery fire

Two people are in critical condition and five others were seriously injured in the fire at a 37-story, 292-unit apartment building on East 52nd Street in midtown Manhattan, New York City Fire Commissioner Laura Cavanaugh told CNN.

At least 38 people were injured when a fire broke out in a New York apartment building early Saturday morning that authorities believe was caused by a lithium-ion battery like those used in electric scooters, city officials told US media.

Two people are in critical condition and five others were seriously injured in the fire at a 37-story, 292-unit apartment building on East 52nd Street in midtown Manhattan, New York City Fire Commissioner Laura Cavanaugh told CNN.

The chief of the fire department of New York, Dan Flynn, emphasized for his part that it was almost the 200th fire caused this year due to a lithium battery for a small engine of light electric vehicles (bicycles, scooters, skates, skateboards, etc.). ).

“We have six deaths this year because of these batteries,” he added, speaking to CNN.

The fire is believed to have started in an apartment whose tenant was repairing electric bikes, according to Mr Flynn.

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