Williamsburg Fire Caused by Electric Scooter, Fire Marshal Says

The Patch - December 01, 2018

Photos show the now torched scooter that set the 13th floor of a Flushing Ave. building on fire.

WILLIAMSBURG, BROOKLYN -- The blue electric scooter that caused a fire in a Flushing Avenue apartment building Wednesday has probably seen the end of its riding days.

The scooter, shown in dramatic before-and-after photos, was singed down to its frame and is missing its seat and blue coloring. Fire officials shared the photos Friday when they announced that the scooter had caused the afternoon blaze, which the fire marshal deemed accidental.

The scooter had been modified with lithium ion batteries, the post said, and there was no smoke detector present in the public hallway.

FDNY alerts from the time show that crews responded to the fire at 869 Flushing Avenue just after 4:30 p.m. The fire had broken out on the 13th floor of the building.

Firefighters reported that the fire was under control about a half an hour later.