Lithium-ion Battery Blamed for Warple Way Fire

Fire Brigade issue guidance on use and storage

Firefighters from four stations attended the incident
Firefighters from four stations attended the incident. Picture: London Fire Brigade


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A fire that broke out of the third story of a block of flats on Warple Way, Acton is believed to have been caused by a lithium-ion battery.

Half of a four-roomed flat was damaged by fire on Sunday 13 February. One man left the building before the Brigade arrived after receiving 24 calls about the incident and there were no reports of any injuries.

The Brigade was called at 6.09am and crews from Acton, North Kensington, Chiswick and Park Royal fire stations had the blaze under control within an hour and a half.

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.

"Unplug devices once they have finished charging and always make sure you use the right charger for your device.”

Other advice issued by the Brigade includes:

• Always use the charger that came with your device.
• If you need to buy a replacement, always choose a branded, genuine product from a supplier you can trust. There are lots of fakes out there, and it can be difficult to spot the difference.
• Avoid storing, using or charging batteries at very high or low temperatures.
• Protect batteries against being damaged – that's crushed, punctured, or immersed in water

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February 14, 2022


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