38 injured left by a raging fire caused by a lithium battery in a New York building

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According to Fire Department Commissioner Laura Kavanagh, two of the affected people are in critical condition and five are in serious condition

A total of 38 people were injured as a result of an arson by a lithium batteryof an electric bicycle in the New York neighborhood of Manhattan, reported the New York Fire Department.

At least two of the affected people are in < b>critical condition and five are serious, said the commissioner of the Fire Department, Laura Kavanagh.

In a briefing they detailed that the firefighters received a call shortly after 10:00 local time, for a fire unleashed on the 20th floor of the block of flats that set off three alarms, as reported by NBC .

38 injured left by a raging fire caused by a lithium battery in a building in New York

At least two of the affected people are in critical condition and five are in serious condition, Fire Department Commissioner Laura Kavanagh said. (TWITTER)

Several people collected images of the dense smoke rising from one of the apartments in building number 429 on 52nd Street, in Manhattan, as well as the cumbersome rescue by the facade of a woman, by means of a rope attached to the roof of the building.

Neighbors described the scene as one of great confusion and uncertainty, which began at 10 a.m. with a strong smell of smoke. Half an hour later, an explosion caused windows to break and glass to shatter everywhere.

38 injured left ; a raging fire caused by a lithium battery in a New York building

The New York Prosecutor's Office launched a campaign to distribute information brochures in several languages ​​with recommendations for charging, storage and maintenance, after 4 deaths and 79 injuries were recorded in 2021 due to fires caused by these batteries. (TWITTER)

Residents who lived above the 20th floor, where the fire was, were evacuated to the roof. The New York Police Department sent out a helicopter, but no rescues were made with it.

In statements to the media, the fire chief Daniel E. Flynn assured that on the same floor there were several electric bicycles and that the resident of the apartment was dedicated to fixing them.< /p>

At the moment, they are investigating whether their business was legal.

38 injured left by a raging fire caused by a lithium battery in a New York building

In statements to the media, the chief Firefighter Daniel E. Flynn assured that on the same floor there were several electric bicycles and that the resident of the apartment was dedicated to fixing them. (TWITTER)

Flynn recalled that so far this year there have been 200 fires caused by lithium batteries in which six people have died.

< p class="paragraph">The authorities have repeated the dangers of these batteries on numerous occasions and have launched campaigns to raise public awareness.

According to specialists, these batteries, when overcharged, can cause a flare effect, which is not an explosion, but does generate flames.

38 injured left by a raging fire caused by a lithium battery in a New York building

Fire Chief Daniel E. Flynn He recalled that so far this year there have been 200 fires caused by lithium batteries in which six people have died. (TWITTER)

Last September, the New York Attorney's Office launched a campaign to distribute information brochures in several languages ​​with recommendations for their loading, storage and maintenance, after that in 2021 there will be 4 deaths and 79 injuries due to fires caused by these batteries.

The prosecutor's office then warned that electric bicycle batteries used by thousands of home delivery people, being lithium-ion and having a greater energy storage capacity, “they are more likely to catch fire than a traditional battery.”

(With information from EFE)

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