An electric scooter left charging is believed to have caused a flat fire in which a resident suffered burns.
The scooter had been on charge in the front room of a third-floor flat in Westbourne Terrace, Bayswater, and as one of the residents walked past the room just after 1am they found the vehicle had caught fire and the room was full of smoke.
Three people escaped from the flat, in the early hours of Monday morning (February 9), and a neighbour who heard the smoke alarm called London Fire Brigade at 1.18am.
Paramedics treated one person for minor burns and another for smoke inhalation while 14 firefighters from Paddington fire station managed to get the blaze under control at 1.40am.
Fire investigation officers are now examining what caused the scooter’s battery pack to suddenly overheat and catch on fire, causing some damage to the property.
Charlie Pugsley, head of fire investigation, said: “Our investigation is still ongoing so it’s too early to give an exact cause. However, this does provide a timely reminder of why it’s important to not leave items on charge overnight or when you are sleeping.
“In this case, someone in the house noticed the fire but the room had already filled with smoke.
“As with all rechargeable electrical equipment, it is crucial people only use genuine chargers supplied by the manufacturer with their electrical goods. Repeated use with the wrong charger can put significant pressure on the charging system, putting you and your family at risk of a serious fire in your home.”On Monday night, two people were taken to hospital after the kitchen in their Chelsea flat caught alight.