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Mirror and sun combined to badly damage South Norwood home

24/08/2015 18:47
House or flat fire

Three generations of the same family escape unhurt as their South Norwood home was hit by the latest sunlight blaze on Sunday evening.

The whole of the first floor and part of the loft space was damaged by the blaze. Their smoke alarm sounded and the two women and one man escaped from the fire on Holmewood Road. They were all checked over by London Ambulance Service crews as a precaution.

Our investigators believe that this fire was the latest sunlight blaze of 2015. It is thought that sunlight bounced off of a make-up mirror and set curtains alight.

A Brigade spokesperson said: "Crystal and glass ornaments and items such as mirror tables should be kept out of direct sunlight.

"This shows these fires are not an urban myth. Also make sure that you have a working smoke alarm on every level of your home."

The Brigade was called at 1847 and the fire was under control by 1950. Fire crews from Woodside, Croydon and Norbury fire stations were at the scene.

How sunlight on a mirror can cause a blaze