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Electric bike explodes in crowded elevator burning everyone inside

Electric bike explodes in crowded elevator burning everyone inside

5/11/2021 3:01:00 PM

Electric bike explodes in crowded elevator burning everyone inside

A suspected faulty battery is believed to have caused the devastating fire, which resulted in a 5-month-old and four adults being hospitalized on Monday.

Surveillance video circulated on Chinese social media sites showed the grandmother, named Yang Xiuqing, holding the baby girl while standing in the corner of the elevator. One of the three men near her is pushing an electric bike—one of the most popular forms of transport in the country.

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As the elevator doors close, all four adults look down at the floor as the e-bike's battery appears to emit thick black smoke. Seconds later, the elevator is engulfed in flames.A social media video taken after the incident showed a seemingly badly burned Yang sitting outside the building and holding her injured granddaughter in her arms. Most of her clothes appeared to have been seared off in the fire.

In another clip, Yang is seen inside an ambulance as paramedics and firefighters arrive on the scene.Burn victim Yang Xiuqing (L), 55, holds her injured 5-month-old granddaughter after an elevator fire believed to have been caused by an electric bike battery in Chengdu, Sichuan, China, on May 10, 2021. headtopics.com

WeChatAccording to a report by Shanghai-based The Paper, Yang suffered burns on 75 percent of her body and underwent surgery. The baby's father was told the infant is in critical but stable condition, the website said.Among the five victims, the child suffered the most serious injuries, The Paper added in its report on Tuesday.

A statement by the Chenghua District emergency management office said an investigation into the fire was still ongoing. A spokesperson told The Paper officials were also looking into whether the e-bike had been illegally modified, which could have consequences for the owner, who was not named.

An electric bike lies on the ground after it caught fire inside an elevator in Chengdu, Sichuan, China, on May 10, 2021. Investigators are looking into whether the vehicle had been illegally modified.thepaper.cnElectric bike safety regulations in China stipulate both speed and battery size limits. An image of the e-bike in question appeared to show it had thicker and suspected modified wheels, but it was unclear whether the motor had been tweaked.

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