Bedroom fire caused by sunlight on mirror

Tue 30 Jul, 2013


Sunlight reflecting off a mirror set fire to a bedroom curtain at a house in Bletchley yesterday evening.

Crews from Bletchley and Great Holm were called to the fire, in a semi-detached two-storey home in Severn Way, shortly before 7pm. There was no-one in the house at the time, but the fire was spotted by a neighbour.

Firefighters used a hose reel to put out the fire and a large fan to clear away the smoke.

Nationally, a number of house fires - including some that have destroyed homes - have been caused by the effects of sunlight on make-up and shaving mirrors or decorative “bottle effect” windows.

Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service has been called to five of these fires – four in Milton Keynes and one in Chalfont St Peter – over the past three years.

Firefighters highlighted the risk earlier this month using a case study provided by a Hazlemere resident who noticed one of her curtains starting to smoulder.

Neil Boustred, who heads Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service’s community safety team, said: “We are advising people to take extra care, particularly with mirrors which have a magnified side. Keep them out of contact with direct sunlight, and never put them on window sills."

If you would like a free assessment of the fire risks in your home, and free smoke alarms where necessary, ring the home safety check hotline on 01296 744477, email cs@bucksfire.gov.uk or visit the Free Home Safety Check.