Wednesday 3 August 2022 11:28 PM Girl, 5, her father's girlfriend and three dogs are killed in East Harlem fire trends now
A young girl, an adult woman, and three dogs have been killed in an apartment fire in East Harlem that officials say was sparked by the exploding battery of an electric bike.
Ericka Williams, five, and Chanise Anderson, 36, were identified as the deceased victims by the Daily News after the fire broke out early on Wednesday in a sixth-floor apartment in the Jackie Robinson Houses on East 129th Street.
The young girl's father Eric Williams, 46, was hospitalized with severe burns, after witnesses said he fled from the apartment, but was unable to re-enter to assist his loved ones when the fire melted the door's locking mechanism.
The fire was contained to the victim's apartment, and investigators believe that an e-bike parked near the door was the source of the blaze.
Ericka Williams, five, (above) and Chanise Anderson, 36, were identified as the deceased victims after a fire broke out early on Wednesday in
Battery-powered E-bikes, which are popular with New York's massive fleet of delivery drivers, are a growing source of deadly fires, the FDNY has warned in recent weeks.
The deadly blaze in East Harlem was reported at around 2.35am on Wednesday.
Emergency units rushed the young girl and her father to NYC Health & Hospitals/Harlem, where the child was pronounced dead and the dad remains in critical condition.
Officials said that Anderson, the father's girlfriend, was taken to Lincoln Hospital, where she was