UPDATE: E-bike Caused Overnight Massive Blaze in Boro Park
The FDNY reports that they pulled the charred remains of two e-bikes and their batteries from the basement where the fire ignited.
According to officials, the batteries from the e-bikes did not have safety certifications as they were knockoffs, most likely purchased on the street. Ultimately, one of them started the fire. No injuries have been reported.
Chief Fire Marshal Daniel Flynn reminds New Yorkers to ensure their lithium-ion battery products meet UL standards and that consumers should "buy it from the manufacturer that you bought the original product from."
The Red Cross is assisting five displaced families, including twelve adults and three children.
A massive FDNY response was called to a three-story home on 48th Street near Sixth Avenue in the wee hours of Thursday morning.
The blaze gutted all three floors of the home.
The FDNY reported that two e-bikes were removed from the basement of the building, a likely cause of the blaze, but did not confirm this yet. E-bikes and e-scooters have been blamed for many fires across the city in recent years.
There were no injuries reported at the scene of the blaze.