Fire that saw hundreds of e-scooters damaged was ‘accidental’

A warehouse fire which saw hundreds of Voi e-scooters being damaged had an “accidental” cause, the fire service has said. Avon Fire and Rescue Service[1] was called on New Year’s Day after a blaze broke out at an industrial estate[2] in Brislington[3], remaining at the scene for more than four hours. The fire service has now said that more than 200 e-scooters and a further 275 batteries were involved in the blaze.

: Bristol restaurant owner speaks out about ‘insane’ fine for putting up a poster[4] In a statement, Avon Fire and Rescue Service said: “On Saturday, January 1, at 12:28 Avon Fire & Rescue Service responded to an incident on Dixon Road, Brislington involving over 200 e-scooters and a further 275 batteries. “Fire investigators have since determined the cause of the fire as accidental due to an electrical fault.

“We remind residents to be aware of the fire risks to them, at work and at home, safety advice is available on our website: www.avonfire.gov.uk[5] “If a fire does start, or if you are in an emergency, please call us immediately on 999.” Eight crews and a ladder device were needed to tackle the flames, which also damaged the warehouse.

A spokesperson for the service said at the time they monitored the situation throughout the evening to make sure the fire did not re-ignite, which they said is common in blazes caused by lithium batteries such as those in the scooters. In December 2021, a long rental Voi began burning in a man’s home.[6] The machine was billowing smoke prompting firefighters to race to the house. A spokesperson for Voi said: “We have now received the report from the local fire brigade regarding the recent fire in our third-party logistic warehouse in Bristol, which revealed that the cause of the fire was accidental due to an electrical fault.

“We are working closely with our partner and doing everything in our power to ensure this situation doesn’t happen again, including conducting an audit of the current processes and practices in place.”

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References

  1. ^ Avon Fire and Rescue Service (www.bristolpost.co.uk)
  2. ^ a blaze broke out at an industrial estate (www.bristolpost.co.uk)
  3. ^ Brislington (www.bristolpost.co.uk)
  4. ^ Bristol restaurant owner speaks out about ‘insane’ fine for putting up a poster (www.bristolpost.co.uk)
  5. ^ www.avonfire.gov.uk (www.avonfire.gov.uk)
  6. ^ began burning in a man’s home. (www.bristolpost.co.uk)
  7. ^ iPhone (apps.apple.com)
  8. ^ Android (play.google.com)




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