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The London Fire Brigade has released the footage to raise awareness of the

The London Fire Brigade has released the footage to raise awareness of the dangers of battery fires.

Thursday 18 May 2023 05:12, UK

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Dramatic footage of an e-scooter explosion has been released to highlight the risks around charging the vehicles indoors.

The London Fire Brigade (LFB) published the video showing the moment an e-scooter catches fire while plugged in at a house in Brent, northwest London, on Saturday.

It takes just seconds for the room to be engulfed in flames and smoke.

Security guard Dell Williams, 37, was charging the e-scooter that he bought a fortnight earlier after seeing a listing on Gumtree.

Neither he nor the other tenants living in the property were near the kitchen when the fire broke out.

He said: "I just want to thank the Lord that we managed to get out of there in one piece. I am so grateful to be alive.

"I spent eight hours in hospital due to inhaling smoke from the fire.

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"When I went back to the house, it was such an eye-opener.

"I was shocked, I am shocked now. I am so grateful that no one else was hurt. I cheated death."

He added: "Don't have e-scooters in the house. Charge outside."

LFB deputy commissioner Dom Ellis said this type of fire is becoming more and more common.

He said: "As the video shows, once a battery starts to go into thermal runaway, a fire develops very quickly and can block escape routes.

"Thermal runaway can lead to the destruction of the battery and a ferocious fire.

"We know prior to ignition, thermal runaway can lead to the ejection of a range of gases. The white and grey coloured smoke is not harmless, and the speed at which these incidents develop shouldn't be ignored."

Users of e-scooters and e-bikes are advised to allow their batteries to cool down before recharging them, and to buy chargers and batteries from reputable sellers.

LFB also urged people to fit smoke alarms in areas where charging happens indoors.

The brigade has been called to 48 e-bike fires and 12 e-scooter fires in the capital so far this year.

Private e-scooters cannot be legally ridden on roads or pavements in the UK but have become a common sight, particularly in urban areas.

On Wednesday, transport minister Jesse Norman told the Commons' Transport Select Committee that e-scooter and e-bike fires are "an issue of serious concern" and the Government is "working hard on it".