NEW YORK - A nine-year-old boy was killed and 11 other residents were injured after a fire broke out inside a house in Ozone Park. Fire officials say the fire was started by a charging battery for an electric bike.
The flames erupted in the basement of the three-story building at about 2 a.m. Wednesday, according to FDNY officials.
Remi Miguel Gomez Hernandez was pronounced dead at the scene.
Ten other residents of 81-19 102 Road and one firefighter were treated at Jamaica Medical Center for non-life-threatening injuries.
Nine firefighters suffered minor injuries.
Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro says this is not the first time a fire has been caused by a charging battery. He also says there is an investigation into whether the home was illegally subdivided into apartments.