NYC bike shop fire may be started by e-bikes: FDNY

A massive fire broke out Thursday night at a bike shop in Queens, and authorities are investigating whether the e-bikes kept there are to blame.

The fire broke out on the first floor of the Fly Wing Bike Shop on 47th Avenue near 39th Place in Sunnyside around 6:45 p.m. Thursday, according to the FDNY.

A video posted on Citizen shows the raging flames rising from the building.

Hell has destroyed at least 60 e-bikes, according to WABC. The bikes were reduced to a charred heap outside the store, photos show.

The FDNY is investigating whether the fire, which broke out on the first floor of the Fly Wing Bike Shop on 47th Avenue near 39th Place in Sunnyside, was started by e-bikes.
At least 60 e-bikes were destroyed in the fire and left on the street in a heap.
At least 60 e-bikes were destroyed in the fire and left on the street in a heap.
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“We had a large number of e-bikes, and about 30 gas-powered bikes were in the back and the same number inside the store,” FDNY Battalion Chief Justin Zorbo told the network. “We used all the practical work on arrival with an extra engine and an extra truck, we had a three-line stretch for an operation.”

“E-bike fires are becoming more common in the city,” the chief added. “And they are difficult to put out. And require many resources of hazardous materials.

No one was injured in the fire.

Neighbors wait outside as firefighters battle the blaze at the Fly Wing Bike Shop on 47th Avenue near 39th Place in Sunnyside.
Neighbors wait outside as firefighters battle the blaze at the Fly Wing Bike Shop on 47th Avenue near 39th Place in Sunnyside.

While the FDNY said Friday that the cause of the fire is still under investigation, the department tweeted a video warning about the dangers of lithium-ion batteries used by electric bicycles.

“Damaged or unstable batteries and improper charging, storage, or disposal can cause batteries to overheat, resulting in an aggressive, explosive fire that spreads quickly, can reignite, and is difficult to extinguish,” the video warns.

The FDNY is fighting Thursday night's blaze, which reportedly destroyed about 60 e-bikes.
The FDNY is fighting Thursday night’s blaze, which reportedly destroyed about 60 e-bikes.
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An exterior shot of the Fly Wing Bike Shop on 47th Avenue near 39th Place in Sunnyside, where the fire started around 6:45 p.m. Thursday.
The official cause of the fire remained under investigation as of Friday.
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Following a series of deadly fires caused by faulty electric scooter batteries, Bronx City Councilman Oswald Feliz said last month he plans to introduce a new bill banning the sale of uncertified batteries.

The Feliz neighborhood is among several that have seen fires break out as a result of faulty batteries.

Several fires have turned deadly, including a fire on August 1 that trapped a 2-year-old girl and her mother in their apartment.