Eighteen children are injured after fire at daycare in Queens trends now

Eighteen children are injured after fire at daycare in Queens trends now
Eighteen children are injured after fire at daycare in Queens trends now

Eighteen children are injured after fire at daycare in Queens trends now

A daycare fire in Queens left 18 children injured, including one in critical condition, after the blaze broke out in the basement. 

Firefighters arrived at the two story home located 72nd Drive to find a 'heavy' blaze in the basement along with one child trapped close to flames. 

The daycare was operating on the first floor when the fire occurred around 2pm and was under control 40 minutes later. All children were in stable condition except for one who was transported to the hospital. 

Preliminary findings speculate a e-bike that caught on fire was the culprit. 

A daycare was operating on the first floor when the fire broke out in the basement of the Queens home

A daycare was operating on the first floor when the fire broke out in the basement of the Queens home

Officials reported 18 children injured, including one in critical condition. Children were seen being examined inside ambulances

Officials reported 18 children injured, including one in critical condition. Children were seen being examined inside ambulances 

New York City saw more than 100 fires started by e-bikes last year. Experts are blaming the fires on cheap e-bikes, the volume of delivery drivers using them and overuse of a battery that is damaged.

The group of lithium battery fires, one in Brooklyn and three in Manhattan, scorched through residential areas in April, leaving behind burnt homes with 12 injured people. 

The deaths, one in February and another in March, were two men who were burned by a flames that started while their e-bikes were plugged in at home. They both died from the injuries weeks after the incidents.

Footage from the scene on Thursday showed about 60 firefighters and EMS personal outside the Queens home. 

Children were seen inside ambulances with adults who appeared to be parents.

Other parents can be seen holding their children outside of the home while talking to fire officials.  

Police are investigating whether the daycare was being run illegally. 

The Queens fire adds onto the series of tragic house fires that have left several dead on the east coast within the last month. 

Other parents can be seen holding their children outside of the home while talking to fire officials

Other parents can be seen holding their children outside of the home while talking to fire officials

Police are investigating whether the daycare was being run illegally

Police are investigating whether the daycare was being run illegally

A fire official can be seen outside the home while people wait

A fire official can be seen outside the home while people wait

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