Updated, 11:48 a.m. | Eight electric minicars used by Parks Department workers caught fire while they were being charged at a maintenance yard in Orchard Beach in Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx on Thursday morning. Early reports — relayed in an earlier version of this post — that the carts were golf carts and that the fire was at the golf course at the park were inaccurate. It took 60 firefighters about half an hour to extinguish the carts, which were reported burning just after 9 a.m. While fire marshals are investigating, the blaze “doesn’t appear to be suspicious,” a fire official said. Six of the carts were totaled.
New York Times City Room - May 13, 2010 - By Andy Newman