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Brother’s electric scooter catches fire in New York City, kills 8-year-old girl

An 8-year-old girl was reportedly killed in an electric scooter fire. This was the third incident reported in New York City.

Fires on electric scooters have become a common problem of late. In New York City, an electric scooter battery caused a fire that killed an 8-year-old girl, Stephanie Villa Torres. In any case, it was the third incident in just over a year that a scooter battery has killed someone. The latest incident took place around 7:30 a.m. Saturday at a home in Queens, the New York Post reports. The little girl was unable to survive the fire and was pronounced dead in a hospital while her father and 18-year-old brother were treated for burns and smoke inhalation, officials reported to the news portal. A fire department spokesperson said the fire was started by a lithium battery in an electric scooter.

Recalling the frantic but futile attempt to rescue the girl, resident Daniel Calle said: “The firefighter brought the girl out first. He carried her in his arms. She looked like she was asleep.”

The landlord said the electric vehicle had recently been purchased by the family for one of the little girl’s teenage brothers.

The dead girl reportedly had smoke inhalation and was pronounced dead at New York Presbyterian Hospital of Queens.

In a previous incident on Aug. 3 in Harlem, a woman and a 5-year-old girl were killed in a fire caused by a scooter battery. Before that, an escooter fire in September 2021 killed a 9-year-old boy in Queens.

Recently, eight people have been killed and several injured after a massive fire broke out at a showroom in Secunderabad, Telangana.

According to an NDTV report citing the sources, a short circuit occurred due to overcharging of the EVs in the basement of the showroom where EVs were stored and scattered on the upper floors of the multi-hotel building. As many as eight people have died from smoke suffocation. However, the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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