Fire near LIRR tracks in Queens caused by improper disposal of lithium battery: FDNY

A fire near Long Island Railroad tracks in Jamaica on Friday was caused by improper disposal of a lithium battery, the FDNY said Saturday.

The massive blaze broke out at a a trash and recycling facility around 1 p.m. near 187th Street and 90th Avenue and became a 5-alarm-fire just before 4:15 p.m. The flames lingered for hours, causing the suspension of multiple lines Friday and creating plumes of black smoke that could be seen for miles.