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Shepherd’s Bush fire: Apartment blaze near Grenfell Tower sparked by e-bike

June 26, 2022

By Paul Homewood


h/t Ian Magness

If a small electric bike battery can do this, heaven help anybody living near an electric car charger!




An e-bike sparked a fire on the 12th floor of a West London tower block, less than a mile away from Grenfell Tower, where 72 people died following a blaze in 2017.

Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of a blaze at a high-rise block on Queensdale Crescent in Shepherd’s Bush, Tuesday morning.

A resident of the block of flats said the fire began when his friend was charging an e-bike in his home.

Latest: 60 firefighters have been tackling a fire in a 12th floor flat in W11 close to Grenfell Tower.

High-rise apartment block on fire near Grenfell Tower in Shepherd's Bush

  1. June 26, 2022 11:53 am

    In Sunday nights news an electric scooter caught fire whilst charging in a Sydney apartment. This should be more and more common!

  2. Harry Passfield permalink
    June 26, 2022 11:54 am

    When I heard this reported it was said that the owner, on discovering the fire, made things worse by throwing a bowl of water on it.

    • June 26, 2022 12:18 pm

      Yep….that’s the plan for an electrical fire…….try baking soda.

      • June 26, 2022 12:41 pm

        I’m guessing that the bike’s owner had neither a supply of baking soda nor the common sense of how to deal with such a fire.

  3. Martin Brumby permalink
    June 26, 2022 12:02 pm

    Fancy a new car?

    I note that (in addition to the obvious supply chain problems), it is not straightforward to get a normal petrol SUV. “Mild Hybrid” (a little virtue-signalling battery that apparently powers up the electrics when you start off, allegedly recharged when you brake) are pretty much de rigueur. These are progressively being replaced by “Strong Hybrid” (bigger battery and can actually power the car for some miles) and the move is towards the “Plug In” Hybrid & all Electric versions. Several manufacturers no longer supply Diesel, at all.

    I suspect the manufacturers / dealers are being led by the nose. We shall see.

    But I am concerned that even those “Mild Hybrids” are probably not without fire risk. (Of course, traditional cars catch fire as well. But are at least possible to extinguish with a fire extinguisher.)

    • June 26, 2022 12:57 pm

      I have< this year, purchased a Toyota Hybrid (not plug in) and I am impressed, get 70mpg even with my useless driving.

    • Dave Andrews permalink
      June 26, 2022 3:40 pm

      Traditional car fires are also out when put out.

      ” EV fires are known to reignite hours, days and even weeks after the initial event” extract from and advisory note put out by Bedfordshire Fire Service

    • Mikehig permalink
      June 26, 2022 6:42 pm

      Spot on!
      That car-transporting ship which caught fire and sank was – aiui – carrying a lot of hybrids.

      Another aspect of the various strains of hybrid is the question of the warranty cover on the battery. Full BEVs typically have a substantial battery warranty: 8 years/100,000 miles, for example. Hybrids only have the standard 3 year warranty. However the cost of replacing a hybrid battery can be eye-watering. And there is no other option: the car cannot be started without the hybrid battery.
      Food for thought.

  4. woodburner0 permalink
    June 26, 2022 12:04 pm

    An overworked mobile phone charger and an old mobile phone battery can trigger a fire. The lithium-ion battery is a killer, in its several forms.

  5. MrGrimNasty permalink
    June 26, 2022 12:49 pm

    Massive ‘not an ev fire, honest guv’ fire.

    • magesox permalink
      June 26, 2022 1:09 pm

      “This is not an electric vehicle-related fire.”

      How stupid do these people think we are?
      OK warmistas, get all the vehicle fire stats in the world for, say, the last 20 years and compare BEV fires to ICE vehicle fires, with the results weighted for the population sizes.
      OK so I don’t know the answer but I’d bet my house on BEVs stats looking appalling in comparison.

  6. HotScot permalink
    June 26, 2022 2:31 pm

    Watch insurance companies begin to refuse to insure EV’s of any type being kept or charged within a building, including domestic garages.

    • W Flood permalink
      June 26, 2022 3:26 pm

      Insurance companies are daft if they don’t.

    • Dave Andrews permalink
      June 26, 2022 3:45 pm

      According to Bedfordshire Fire Service “Recovery firms are increasingly concerned about dealing with EVs” after a fire

    • Robert Christopher permalink
      June 26, 2022 4:30 pm

      I expect insurance companies will begin to refuse to insure any buildings, including houses, that house EVs.

  7. Joe Public permalink
    June 26, 2022 4:31 pm

    Fires in Electric vehicles:

    “Putting out the fire

    For the fire brigade, the real problem when it comes to an EV fire is with trying to put it out.

    The services have two main options, let the fire burn out or extinguish it.

    The obvious choice seems to be to extinguish the fire, however many EV manufacturers actually advise for a controlled burn. This is where the fire services allow the vehicle to burn out while they focus on protecting the surrounding area.

    Once the fire has been successfully put out, the problem for the fire brigade is not over.

    Electric vehicle fires are known to reignite hours, days or even weeks after the initial event, and they can do so many times.

    Not only does this pose a safety issue, but it also poses a legal issue: recovery firms are increasingly concerned about dealing with electric vehicles.”

    My bold

  8. MrGrimNasty permalink
    June 26, 2022 5:44 pm

    Another battery charging fire, unspecified object, weird, perhaps for personal use!

  9. David permalink
    June 26, 2022 6:03 pm

    Letting a battery fire burn out. What a lovely new excuse for the woke authorities to close an area to traffic almost indefinitely

  10. fretslider permalink
    June 26, 2022 6:12 pm

    I live near a local authority charging point

    It’s mounted on a lamppost outside my house close to where I park my car

    There is no designated bay for it

  11. dearieme permalink
    June 26, 2022 9:58 pm

    In my umpteen years of driving I know of only one case of an internal combustion car spontaneously bursting into flames. It was parked but had been driven until a few minutes before the fire was seen. It was of a brand that’s notoriously unreliable, to wit a Range Rover.

    • June 27, 2022 10:13 am

      Every car brand makes an implicit statement about the owner. Perhaps Range Rover owners are channeling their innermost desires to be a ‘fireperson’?

  12. HoxtonBoy permalink
    June 27, 2022 12:18 pm

    AN EV fire is a pretty rare event but obviously you wouldn’t want it happening in your house.
    Probably better to charge your bike battery in a garden shed – if you can. I mean you wouldn’t keep a can of petrol in the house. One would hope that the fire brigade are working on ways of dealing with these fires. In between sorting out their quotas for disabled and LBGT workers and finding out people’s preferred pronouns.of course.

  13. Gerry, England permalink
    June 27, 2022 1:49 pm

    Looking on the bright side, at least the building did not have eco-cladding and go up like a torch.

  14. June 28, 2022 10:38 pm

    Container puts out inextinguishable fires in electric cars

    ‘The container is the only one of its kind in the Nordic region, and the interest in it is high from neighbouring emergency services, who can requisition it on an equal footing with other cars and from abroad. However, it doesn’t meet the challenges presented by electric and hybrid cars on its own. Poisonous gases from the batteries mean that special procedures are required when the fire brigade arrive at fires in electric cars.’

    Poisonous gases – another reason to wear running shoes when using or charging any lithium-ion powered transport.

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