Ionic start creates .staging folder in node_modulels

It was working before this but after I configured the android SDK to produce a deployable file
when I execute the ionic start appname-it creates a .staging folder in the node_module folder without the normal folder structure. Naturally, when I turn ionic serve I get all kinds of errors saying it can’t find files.

PS: I deleted the node_modules, ran npm install and when I checked the progress, I saw the
.staging folder but when it completed it was good. Apparently when I created the project with ionic start-it stuck before completed. Pls forget.

That is probably not Ionic but npm - .staging is a normal folder it creates while downloading and extracting stuff.