Lithium-ion battery fires wreak havoc on New York City

Some 200 fires were caused by malfunctioning batteries or chargers from e-bikes and e-mobility devices already this year

An e-bike charging
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Nearly 200 fires in New York City were caused by malfunctioning lithium ion batteries on mobility devices already this year, the New York Fire Department reports.

This announcements comes on the heels of a Manhattan apartment building fire that injured at least 38 people on Saturday morning. This particular fire broke out on the 20th floor of a Midtown high-rise building and required fire fighters to make some daring, rope rappelling rescues, the New York Times reports

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Anne-Marije Rook
North American Editor

Cycling Weekly's North American Editor, Anne-Marije Rook is old school. She holds a degree in journalism and started out as a newspaper reporter — in print! She can even be seen bringing a pen and notepad to the press conference.

Originally from The Netherlands, she grew up a bike commuter and didn't find bike racing until her early twenties when living in Seattle, Washington. Strengthened by the many miles spent darting around Seattle's hilly streets on a steel single speed, Rook's progression in the sport was a quick one. As she competed at the elite level, her journalism career followed, and soon she became a full-time cycling journalist. She's now been a cycling journalist for 11 years.