Living room fire caused by sunlight reflecting off a mirror

Tue 25 Sep, 2018


Firefighters are asking people to be aware of the risk posed by mirrors and glass objects in direct sunlight, after a house fire earlier today (Tuesday 25 September). 


Firefighters from Buckingham and Great Holm were called to a house in Church Close, Maids Moreton just after at 8.30am, after the occupants heard their smoke alarms sounding.


The firefighters used two sets of breathing apparatus and a hose reel jet to extinguish the fire, and the room was ventilated using a PPV fan. 


Watch Commander Mike Downard said: “The fire in the two-storey property was confined to the living room, as the internal door and windows were shut, this could have been a fully developed fire if this wasn't the case. 


“The investigation in to the fire clearly showed that direct sunlight had come into the living room and straight on to a makeup mirror placed on the table. This in turn reflected the light on to clothing draped over a chair and started the fire. 


“We want to remind people of the dangers of leaving any mirrors or glass objects in direct sunlight, and also to check you have working smoke alarms which you test regularly. 

  • If the mirror can be, then move it to a safe place after use.
  • If the mirror cannot be moved, draw the curtains or blind to prevent sunlight getting in.
  • If you do not have working smoke alarms email or call 01296 744477 to arrange for a free Home Fire Risk Check.

Mike added: “It is also important to remember that simple steps such as closing internal doors, and shutting windows when possible can help prevent fire spreading and minimise damage in the event of a fire.”