Get involved: Send your news, views, pictures and video by texting SUPIC to 80360 or email us.
Fire crews called to freak fire started by a mirror
2:29pm Thursday 15th May 2014 in News
Firefighters have issued a warning after the glare of the sun reflected from a mirror and set fire to curtains.
Crews from East Grinstead and Crawley were called to the terraced house in East Street in Turners Hill at 11.25 this morning after a make-up mirror on a bedroom table reflected sunlight onto the curtains which smouldered and then caught light.
Fortunately, the property was fitted with a working smoke detector and although the occupier was out at the time a neighbour heard the detector activating and raised the alarm.
On arrival fire crews wearing breathing apparatus entered the house and quickly put the fire out using a hose reel and carbon dioxide extinguisher, preventing the fire from spreading to the rest of the property.
Keith Lanaway, crew commander from East Grinstead Fire Station, said: "This may sound like a freak incident, but it isn't the first time our fire service has attended a fire starting in this way.
“Our advice is, wherever possible; make sure mirrors and glass ornaments are not positioned in strong sunlight or on windowsills."
- Plane diverted to Gatwick after 'abusive' passenger threw prosthetic leg at cabin crew
- Road chase ends with stolen car crashing into Sussex Police vehicle
- Firefighters scale down Eastbourne Pier operation as police appeal for witnesses
- Robbers jailed after holding up cash van
- Drunk foreign students ‘put themselves at risk’
Comments are closed on this article.