A SUSPECTED faulty battery is being blamed after a man burned to death when his mobility scooter burst into flames.
A 63-YEAR-OLD man has died in a horrific mobility scooter fire, in Western Australia.
The man has not been identified and forensic investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire, Perth Now reported. However, it is believed the fire started under the seat where the battery is stored.
The man was believed to be a local to the Geraldton area, just north of Perth. The man was dead when emergency services arrived on the scene.
Sergeant Jeremy Ashworth Preece told Nine News two cyclists saw the ordeal and tried to help the man.
“Unfortunately by then the scooter was well alight and they were unable to assist him.”
The incident is not being treated as suspicious and police are preparing a report for the coroner.
The ABC reported several calls were made to police after people heard the man crying out for help, but due to the flames people were unable to provide assistance.
“Obviously it was extremely distressing for everyone involved that encountered this … both police officers and civilians, and we’re happy to offer, or put people in touch with, support services for counselling,” Sergeant Ashworth-Preece said to the ABC.
According to the Herald Sun, more than 1000 Victorians over the age of 50 have been treated for scooter related injuries and recently there have been calls to regulate and even register vehicles.
The London Fire Brigade, the Building Research Establishment (BRE), British Automatic Sprinkler Association and Lewisham Homes investigated how effective residential sprinkler systems are at suppressing mobility scooter fires.
“With the recent use of lithium-ion batteries instead of lead-acid batteries to power mobility scooters, the hazard is increased due to the battery’s unpredictable and highly volatile reaction when subjected to heat. The risk of explosion is a real possibility,” the report found.