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Two recent fires blamed on lithium-ion batteries

By Bryna Zumer,

5 days ago

Lithium-ion batteries are being blamed for two Maryland fires in the past two days, including one at a dog kennel in western Maryland.

Yesterday afternoon, a lithium battery on an electric bike exploded in the kennel's feed room, said the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office. It's the latest report of a lithium battery causing damage after catching fire.

The March 16 fire was reported at 3:56 p.m. on National Pike in Grantsville, Garrett County. Three dogs were in the kennel, and all were rescued without injuries. The fire did, however, cause an estimated $50,000 in damages to the building.

This morning, at 3:21 a.m., a house in Dorchester County suffered an estimated $45,000 in damage after lithium batteries that were charging vape cigarettes accidentally caught fire.

Six residents in the house went to a local hospital for smoke inhalation and were later released. The fire happened on West Tedious Creek Road in Toddville.

In January, lithium batteries caught fire at the Stanley Black & Decker building in Towson , leading to a hazmat response. In October, a lithium battery in a pellet gun sparked a fire at a Harford County townhouse .

Nationwide, a lithium battery is believed to have started a fire onboard a Spirit Airlines flight this month. A lithium-battery fire at a New York day care in January also critically injured one child.

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