Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


House fire - firefighters issue safety warning

Lodge Lane, Langham
25/01/2018 @ 12:44
Incident Number: 70935
In attendance: 1 x Colchester, 1 x Manningtree

Firefighters are urging residents in Essex to keep mirrors and glass ornaments out of direct sunlight after a house fire in Colchester today (Thursday 25 January).

Luckily the elderly occupant's son discovered the fire in the bedroom and managed to quickly extinguish the fire before it could take hold. The occupant got out of the property and called the fire service.

Station Manager Lee Palfreyman, said:

"We believe the fire was caused by sunlight refracting through a window and on to a vanity mirror, which focused the sun’s rays on nearby curtains and caused them to catch alight.

"Incidents like this show how powerful the low winter sun can be. The occupants were very luckily to have spotted it very early on.and acted very quickly so the damage was very little.

"It is also vital to have working smoke alarms in your home. Essex County Fire and Rescue Service provide FREE smoke alarms to anyone living in Essex. To arrange a home safety visit call: 0300 303 0088 or book online:

ECFRS's top three sunlight safety tips

• Keep mirrors and crystal or glass objects away from windows and direct sunlight
• Fit at least one smoke alarm per floor and test them regulary
• If you have a fire, close the door on the blaze, get out stay out and call the fire service out.


Incident Images

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