Last updated: 06/08/2018, 10:07 AM

House fire - Edmonton

05/08/2018 08:39
House or flat fire

Firefighters have issued a safety reminder after sunlight refracting off a mirror is believed to have caused a fire at a house in Kendal Avenue in Edmonton. 

Most of the roof and half of the first floor of a semi-detached house were damaged by the fire. One man left the property before the arrival of the Brigade. He was treated at the scene and taken to hospital suffering smoke inhalation by London Ambulance Service crews.

The Brigade's fire investigators believe the fire was caused by sunlight refracting off a mirror.

A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said: “The sun is especially strong at the moment but fires caused by refracted sunlight can happen all year round and are actually quite common. 

"Our advice is to make sure that you keep mirrors, crystals, glass ornaments and other reflective items out of direct sunlight at all times.” 

The Brigade’s top three sunlight safety tips are: 

  • Keep mirrors and crystal or glass objects away from sunny sills and flammable materials
  • Fit at least one smoke alarm per floor and test them every week to make sure they work and the batteries are not flat
  • If you have a fire, close the door on the blaze, get out stay out and call the Brigade

The Brigade was called at 0839 and the fire was under control at 1008. Eight fire engines and around 60 firefighters from Edmonton, Enfield, Tottenham, Hornsey and surrounding fire stations attended the scene.

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