Rechargeable battery explosion linked to Greensboro fire

Published: Feb. 20, 2020 at 8:46 AM EST
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State investigators say a rechargeable battery explosion caused a house fire in Greensboro.

The Greensboro Fire Department responded Monday afternoon to the home on Country Club Road after a report of a smoke alarm activation.

They say the out-of-state homeowner had left about 20 minutes before.

Officials say the fire was quickly put out and only one room in the basement was damaged. They say the owner left a rechargeable, lithium-ion battery for a cordless power tool charging in the basement and that it most likely overcharged and exploded.

Officials recommend that people monitor any rechargeable battery device and also follow the manufacturer's recommendations.