SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - About 15 percent of Lime's Spokane fleet was charred in a warehouse fire Sunday night.
According to the Spokane Valley Fire Department, Lime's lithium batteries, which power the bikes and scooters, did not catch fire as previously suspected. They report that an electrical issue started the fire, and the batteries contributed to the fuel load.
A spokesperson for the company said about 150 e-bicycles and scooters were damaged in the fire near E. Mallon St. and N. Yardley St.
Spokane Valley Fire crews were first to arrive and found flames coming out of the building. Shortly after, crews from the city of Spokane were called to assist.
It took firefighters an hour and a half, and about 50 firefighters, to get the flames under control.
Firefighters are still on scene investigating. Spokesperson w/ @SpokaneValleyFD says a big danger was the lithium batteries on these scooters. They don't know they of a battery had a role in the start of this fire. investigatipn expected to wrap up tonight or tomorrow. #4NewsNow pic.twitter.com/zcKlO3hHNP— Ariana Lake (@arianaKXLY) October 7, 2019
Lime's spokesperson told 4 News Now the company is working closely with local authorities. The company is "thankful no one was hurt."
The Spokane Valley Fire Department is now investigating how the fire started. Crews have not yet determined the cost of the damage.
The spokesperson said local services will not be impacted despite the damage.
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