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Last updated: 09/07/2018, 6:20 PM

Barons Court house fire caused by sun reflected on mirror

05/07/2016 15:42
Hammersmith and Fulham
House or flat fire

Firefighters have renewed their sunlight warning reminder following today’s house fire on Palliser Road in Barons court, the second one reported this week.

Four fire engines and 21 firefighters and officers were called to a fire in a house converted in to flats this afternoon. Part of the a ground floor flat was badly damaged by the blaze, with smoke and heat damage to the remainder of the flat.

Two women left the property before the arrival of the Brigade, suffering no injuries.

The cause of the fire is believed to be accidental, probably due to sunlight reflecting on a make up mirror, igniting the curtains and spreading to the sofa. A spokesperson for the London Fire Brigade said:

“These sort of fires are not as rare as you would think and shows these types of fires are not an urban myth, as proved by a similar incident that sparked a fire in Orpington early this week. Crystals, glass ornaments and items such as dressing table mirrors should be kept out of direct sunlight.”

There was no smoke alarm fitted in the property.

“Everyone should have at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home and the safest option is have those linked together. This will give the earliest warning if there is a fire in your home."

The Brigade was called at 1524 and the fire was under control by 1611. Fire crews from Fulham, Chelsea, Kensington and North Kensington fire stations are attending the scene.