Watch: TfL electric bus bursts into flames in Putney garage in third incident in two weeks

The incident comes two weeks after a TfL electric bus caught fire in Wimbledon.
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An electric bus caught fire at a depot in southwest London - the third to burst into flames in the last two weeks.

Video footage posted online shows the bus in flames at a garage in Putney.

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Firefighters from the London Fire Brigade (LFB) were called to the garage at 8.21am on Wednesday morning (January 26) and two fire engines attended.

The LFB said around 20 people left the building before firefighters arrived and there were no reports of any injuries. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

A TfL spokesperson said: “Putney bus garage was partially closed following a fire on a bus. No one was on board the bus at the time and it was extinguished quickly. An investigation into the incident is now taking place.”

The incident comes two weeks after an electric bus caught fire in Wimbledon.

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The London bus caught fire during rush hour on January 11 on Wimbledon Hill Road and caused the road’s closure.

Another electric bus was destroyed by flames in Woolwich earlier this month.

City Hall Conservatives Transport Spokesman Keith Prince AM said: “Sadiq Khan must reassure Londoners that electric buses are safe. This is the third fire on an electric bus in as many weeks. 

“We don't yet know the cause of the first two bus fires. The mayor needs to tell Londoners what's going on with electric buses and why they are bursting into flames.”

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LondonWorld has contacted bus company Go Ahead for comment, but what puports to be a "Notice to colleagues" circulating on social media suggests a "precautionary fleet check of approximately 380 electric buses has commenced".

LondonWorld has contacted mayor of London Sadiq Khan's office for comment.