Firefighters have urged Londoners to keep mirrors, crystals and glass ornaments away from direct sunlight after a mirror was found to be cause of a house fire in Abbeville road in Clapham.
Fire investigators believe that the sun’s rays refracted off a mirror and onto curtains that smouldered and then caught fire. Half of the first floor of the house was damaged by the fire.
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.”
Four fire engines and 21 firefighters and officer from Brixton, Battersea and Tooting fire stations attended the scene.
The Brigade was called at 1954 and the fire was under control at 2030.