Tottenham cycle shop destroyed after e-bike battery catches fire

Cycle Stop in South Tottenham completely destroyed in the fire (London Fire Brigade)
Cycle Stop in South Tottenham completely destroyed in the fire (London Fire Brigade)

A cycle shop in South Tottenham has been completely gutted by fire after an electric bicycle battery burst into flames.

Six fire engines and around 40 firefighters attended the blaze above Cycle Stop on West Green Road at around 7pm on Sunday evening.

The London Fire Brigade (LFB) said the fire was caused by the failure of a lithium battery pack for an e-bike.

The blaze later spread to other e-bike battery packs situated within the shop.

Photos published on social media show the shop completely burnt out, with the contents of the ground floor reduced to ash.

Crews brought the fire under control by 8.12pm. There were no reports of any injuries.

A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said: “Lithium batteries are susceptible to failure and can present a serious fire risk if they’re over-charged, short circuited, submerged in water or damaged.

“Try to ensure they are not getting knocked around while in use or while being carried as this can increase the chance of damage to cells.”

The incident comes after the LFB warned of a spike in fires caused by e-bike batteries.

E-bikes and e-scooters are powered by lithium batteries, which can store a significant amount of energy in a very small space.

But if that energy is released in an uncontrolled way, it can cause a fire or explosion.

Many of the e-bike and e-scooter fires in London have involved second-hand vehicles or the bike has been modified using parts bought online, according to the LFB.

The Brigade added that a lack of regulation of e-bike scooters sold online meant that there was a high risk that products did not meet the correct safety standards.

Figures published in April showed that more than 31 e-bike fires and nine e-scooter fires were recorded in the capital in 2024.

Last year, the LFB responded to 143 e-bike fires along with 36 blazes involving e-scooters.

These fires caused three deaths and around 60 injuries.