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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 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.