Lithium-ion battery caused fire that killed three people and injured 14 in Crown Heights, Brooklyn: FDNY

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Monday, November 13, 2023, 6:33 p.m

3 dead, 14 injured in 3-alarm fire in Crown Heights, Brooklyn

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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Russell Falcon

Russell Falcon is a Nytimas U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Russell Falcon joined Nytimas in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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