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Sunlight on magnifying glass causes house fire

The Street, Hatfield Peverel
25/09/2018 @ 14:23
Incident Number: 87044
In attendance: 2 x Chelmsford


Firefighters were called to reports of a fire in a detached house in Hatfield Peverel this afternoon after neighbours noticed smoke coming from the building.

On arrival, crews advised that much of the first floor of the property was heavily smoke logged.

Firefighters extinguished the fire by 3.04pm. The upstairs of the home has been badly damaged, while the ground floor has also suffered light smoke damage.

An investigation into the cause of the fire found that sunlight shining on a mounted magnifying glass on a desk in the landing area had led to some nearby papers to ignite.

 

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