London Fire Brigade

Walthamstow – battery pack blaze

19 April 2017

A lithium battery on charge is believed to have caused a serious house blaze on Markhouse Avenue in Walthamstow yesterday afternoon.

The fire started in the bedroom and heated up a number of aerosol cans which exploded causing structural damage. Thankfully no one was home at the time of the fire.

There were no working smoke alarms in the property.

London Fire Brigade spokesperson said:

“Homes need multiple and linked smoke alarms or you won’t be properly covered. Ideal spots for smoke alarms include rooms where you leave electrical equipment running like satellite boxes, computers or heaters; any room where you smoke, and anywhere you charge your mobile or laptop.

“As a minimum you should have smoke alarms on every floor - in the hallways and the rooms you use the most, plus a heat alarm in the kitchen. They should be linked together and tested regularly.”

The Brigade was called at 1801 and the fire was under control by 1923. Fire crews from Walthamstow and Leyton fire stations attended the scene.