Firefighters have issued a reminder to charge electrical items carefully following a fire at a house on Pattison Walk in Plumstead.
Part of the first floor of a terraced house was damaged by fire. One man and three children left the building before the Brigade arrived and were taken to hospital by London Ambulance Service crews.
The fire was discovered by the residents who heard a bang and discovered the fire in a bedroom, involving a battery-powered scooter.
The Brigade’s Fire Investigator’s believe the fire was caused by the failure of a lithium-ion battery within an electric scooter that was on charge.
A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said: “Batteries can present a fire risk if they’re over-charged, short circuited, submerged in water or damaged, so it’s really important to protect them against being damaged and charge them safely.
“Don’t leave items continuously on charge after the charge cycle is complete and make sure you use the right charger for your device.”
The Brigade was called at 2250 and the fire was under control by 0021. Two fire engines and around 10 firefighters from Plumstead Fire Station attended the scene.