Two people are in the hospital with life-threatening injuries after a fire possibly connected to a lithium-ion battery broke out Monday morning on the Upper West Side, an FDNY spokesperson confirmed to West Side Rag.
The flames ignited about 6 a.m. on the second floor of a building at 2612 Broadway, between West 98th and 99th streets, FDNY said.
A total of 77 firefighters responded to the blaze, which was under control by 6:45 a.m., FDNY said. The spokesperson added that lithium-ion batteries were present on the scene, but did not confirm the cause of the fire.
Lithium-ion batteries are used in electric bikes and electric scooters, and are connected to 17 of this year’s 93 fire deaths in New York City, reported the New York Post on Sunday morning.
The fire marshal is investigating what happened.
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