Monday, November 13, 2023, 6:33 p.m
CROWN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn (WABC) — The FDNY announced Monday that a lithium-ion battery was responsible for a fatal fire in Brooklyn over the weekend.
Three people were killed and 14 others injured in the fast-spreading fire at a brownstone home on Sunday.
Firefighters were called to the scene at Albany Avenue and Park Place in Crown Heights around 4:30 a.m. Sunday.
Albertha West, the 81-year-old matriarch of the family, died in the fire – the house was her family estate in which she watched generations grow up.
Albertha’s son Michael West, 58, and her 33-year-old grandson Jamiyl also died in the fire.
Most other patients on scene were evaluated for smoke inhalation and released.
One firefighter suffered a serious but non-life-threatening injury.
It is unclear whether smoke detectors were inside and operating at the time.
Officials said the total number of people killed by lithium-ion batteries in New York City this year alone is now up to 17.
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