A flat in Brixton has been damaged by a fire caused by an e-bike.

The incident occurred in Lambert Road in Brixton Hill just before 8pm on February 1.

The brigade's investigators say the fire was caused by the “failure of an e-bike's lithium-ion batteries”.

The flat, which is on the second floor of a terraced house renovated into flats, was damaged by the fire.

Two people left the scene before firefighters arrived.

There have been no reports of any injuries.

The Brigade was called at 7.59pm and the fire was under control by 8.40pm Two fire engines and around 10 firefighters from Brixton Fire Station attended.

Firefighters have issued a warning around e-bike safety.

A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said: "Electric bikes and scooters are often stored and charged in escape routes in homes or communal areas so when a fire does occur, escape routes are blocked which immediately makes an already serious situation much more frightening for those involved so please do be mindful of where you're storing them.

"Many of the fires we are seeing involve batteries which have been sourced on the internet, which may not meet the correct safety standards.

“We know that lithium-ion batteries are susceptible to failure if incorrect chargers are used, so it’s important to always use the correct charger for the product and buy an official one from a reputable seller.

“Batteries can also pose a risk if they have been damaged, so try to ensure they are not getting knocked around while in use or while being carried as spares as this can increase the chance of damage to cells.

“You should also not expose them to extremes of temperatures.

“You should always make sure you unplug your charger once it’s finished charging.

“Always follow manufacturers’ instructions when charging and we would advise not to leave it unattended or while people are asleep.”