Fire chief: Small lithium battery explosion forces evacuation of several stores at Brentwood strip mall

No one was injured in the fire, but Brentwood Fire Chief Andrew Renison says the lithium-ion battery had to be removed from the site by Suffolk County Arson.

Joe Arena

Jul 6, 2023, 11:06 PM

Updated 321 days ago

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A small lithium battery explosion forced several stores to evacuate at a Brentwood strip mall Thursday, according to the Brentwood fire chief.
Brentwood Fire Chief Andrew Renison says a charging lithium battery caught fire at an e-bike store and sent smoke everywhere.
When firefighters showed up, they took the battery outside and worked on putting it out.
No one was injured in the fire, but Renison says the lithium-ion battery had to be removed from the site by Suffolk County Arson.
There was also no structural damage to the store but there may have been some damage to the merchandise inside.
Mike Loiacono was there when the fire broke out.
"We all freaked out about it," Loiacono says. "Everybody in the plaza came outside and were all looking at it."
News 12 tried to speak with the owner of the store, but they had no comment.
Suffolk County Arson determined there to be no criminal activity responsible for the battery catching fire.


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