Our first post brings bad news to the ebike community: one of our beloved ebike shops has come down in flames.
Reports have been coming in from Instagram users throughout the day that retailer Seattle E-Bikes was the victim of a fire:
This fire comes just a week after an ebike fire on a balcony in Ontario.
A photo posted by taylor parsons (@tailifer) on
There has been no information released about the possible cause of the fire, though there’s no doubt that lithium batteries will feature as the prime suspects, as they’re prone to fire when improperly maintained.
The neighborhood that the fire occurred in, Pioneer Square, is largely composed of century-old, unreinforced brick or concrete buildings that are not up to modern seismic construction standards, and some of them experienced structural damage during Seattle’s 2001 Nisqually earthquake. The old age of the structures in the neighborhood might point to the possibility of an outdated electrical system being the culprit, but that’s just speculation right now.
The saddest detail: there may have been a dog inside during the fire, as the ebike retailer regularly kept an e-dog on the premises:
A photo posted by James (@goshadole) on
More updates to come as they become available.
UPDATE: 5/21/15, 11:21AM
Twitter user billnordwall reports that the bike shop’s dog, Thorsson, has been found after having run out of the burning building.
He ran out of a burning building in Pioneer Square. He’s somewhere near 1st Ave b/t Pioneer Sq & pike place market. pic.twitter.com/FHA64K0QBX
— Bill Nordwall (@billnordwall) May 20, 2015
Update: Thorsson has been found! Thanks for spreading the word.
— Bill Nordwall (@billnordwall) May 21, 2015