PICTURE: Sunlight on mirror causes house fire
Third Avenue, Walton-on-the-Naze
02/12/2018 @ 11:13
Incident Number: 91120
In attendance: 1 x Frinton, 1 x Clacton
Firefighters were called to reports of a house fire this morning after sunlight on a mirror caused a desk to ignite.
Crews advised that the fire was burning inside a bedroom in a detached two-storey property upon arrival.
The fire was out by 11.58am. Firefighters used a saw to cutaway the area of the desk that had been affected, before using positive pressure ventilation fans to clear the room of smoke.
Fortunately, no-one was injured and the house has escaped major damage.
However, this incident shows how easy it is for magnifying or reflective objects to cause fires. Please ensure there are no such objects on your window sils or anywhere in your home where they are in direct sunlight.
This property also had no smoke alarms fitted - meaning the occupants weren't alerted as quickly as they may otherwise have been. If you don't have any working smoke alarms in your home, we'll fit them for free - simply visit essex-fire.gov.uk/book to arrange your Home Fire Safety Visit.