FDNY investigating whether e-bikes may have started fire at Queens bike shop

SUNNYSIDE, Queens (WABC) — A massive fire broke out overnight at a bike shop in Queens, and firefighters say e-bikes may have been to blame.

The now heavily damaged Fly Wing Bike Shop in Sunnyside was empty when flames burst through the window just after 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

This fire destroyed up to 60 e-bikes, now a pile of charred metal outside the store.

The fire chief says e-bikes likely played a significant role in this fire and that bikes are causing serious problems in bringing fires under control across the city.

“E-bike fires are becoming more common in the city,” said FDNY Battalion Chief Justin Zorbo. “And they’re hard to put out. And require lots of hazmat resources.”

According to the fire chief, the fire started on the ground floor and spread to the second floor.

The store was closed when the fire broke out, which presented a real challenge for firefighters due to the number of e-bikes.

“We had a large number of e-bikes, and about 30 gas-powered bikes were in the back and the same number inside the store,” Zorbo said. “We used all the practical work on arrival with an extra engine and an extra truck, we had a three-line stretch for an operation.”

A firefighter was slightly injured. The fire is still under investigation.

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