Scooter battery kills 8-year-old girl in NY


An electric scooter battery sparked a fire that killed an 8-year-old girl in New York, according to authorities. The death of Stephanie Villa Torres on Saturday marked at least the third time in just over a year that a deadly fire in the city has been linked to a scooter battery.

Saturday’s fire broke out around 7:30 a.m. at a Queens home, a police spokesman said. Stephanie was found unconscious and was pronounced dead at a hospital. The girl’s father and her 18-year-old brother were treated for burns and smoke inhalation, according to authorities.

A fire department spokesman said the fire was caused by a lithium battery from an electric scooter, one of many fires blamed on electric scooter and bicycle batteries in New York City in the past two years.

A woman and a 5-year-old girl died Aug. 3 in Harlem from a fire attributed to a scooter battery, and an electric scooter-related fire killed a 9-year-old boy in Queens in September 2021.

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