NOI 10/7/18 Carroll Accidental Dwelling Fire Yellowstone Ct

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Date: 10/7/2018

Time: 5:25 p.m. 

Location / Address:  3870 Yellowstone Court, Hampstead, Carroll County 

Type of Incident: Dwelling Fire 

Description of Structure / Property: Tri-level, single family dwelling 

Owner / Occupants: Owner(s) - Timothy & Leslie Harford  Occupant(s) - Gary & Reba Floto & Robert Floto (Son) 

Injuries or Deaths: None reported 

Estimated $ Loss: Structure: $175,000.00   Contents: $50,000.00

Smoke Alarm Status: Present and operated

Fire Alarm / Sprinkler Status: Not present 

Arrests(s): N/A

Primary Responding Fire Department: Hampstead Volunteer Fire Company - assisted by numerous surrounding departments 

# of Alarms: 2  # Of Firefighters: 60

Time to Control: 50 minutes 

Discovered By: Occupant (Robert Floto)

Area of Origin: 1st floor rear bedroom 

Preliminary Cause: Accidental - due to lithium-ion battery explosion 

Additional Information: The occupant (Robert Floto -age 25) was building a do-it-yourself (DIY) electric bicycle (E-bike) using multiple lithium-ion batteries. During the course of loading the batteries into the battery pack, (2) of the lithium battery terminals touched, creating an explosion which lead to the other batteries to explode and ignite nearby combustibles. Robert Floto was able to push the bike out the rear door to the exterior. Floto and his father attempted to extinguish the fire with multiple fire extinguishers; however the fire quickly spread throughout the room and into the house. Investigators consider the home a total loss. Red Cross is assisting.