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Scooter Fire Leads To Safety Warning

Around 40 residents evacuated from a block of sheltered housing flats after a fire involving four mobility scooters started in the basement garage yesterday evening.

Four fire engines rushed to Leconfield House, Cowpasture Road, Ilkley, at 20.13 hrs yesterday (June 29th) after smoke detectors within the building raised the alarm with residents.

On arrival firefighters discovered smoke billowing from a garage on the ground floor of the five storey building. The fire had started in one mobility scooter which had been on charge for around six hours.

It spread to three other mobility scooters, which had all been parked in a row in a designated area of the garage. The fire also caused heat damage to a nearby car.

All residents had got out of the flats before the arrival of fire crews and staff at the nearby Tescos helped accommodate everyone until they could return. No-one was injured by the fire.

Engines attended from Ilkley, Otley, Rawdon and Silsden.

Temporary Station Commander for Ilkley, Tony Pearson, said: “Fortunately this fire was confined to a small area within the basement garage and only caused damage to vehicles. However, it had the potential to be a lot worse and could have posed a real danger to a lot of people living in the flats above it.

“If people do have a similar system of a designated area for mobility scooter storage, we would advise them to do a risk assessment. Ideally we would urge people to store such vehicles in a separate external garage building.

“Follow the manufacturers’ instructions when charging and don’t overload plug sockets. Ideally have them serviced annually to detect any faults.”

If people still have concerns, they can contact their nearest fire station for further advice.