5.7.2016 Barons Court house fire caused by sun reflecting on mirror

24-08-2016

Fire fighters have renewed their sunlight warning reminder following a house fire on Palliser Road in Barons court, the second one reported this week.

Four fire engines and 21 fire fighters and officers were called to a fire in a house converted into flats on 5th July.  Part of the ground floor flat was badly damaged by the blaze, with smoke and heat damage to the remainder of the flat.

The cause of the fire is believed to be accidental, probably due to sunlight reflecting from a makeup mirror, igniting the curtains and spreading to the sofa.  A spokesperson for the London Fire Brigade stated that this type of fire is not as rare as you would think and shows these types of fires are not an urban myth, as proved by a similar incident that sparked a fire in Orpington early this week.  Crystals, glass ornaments and items such as dressing table mirrors should be kept out of direct sunlight.

Two women left the property before the arrival of the Brigade, suffering no injuries.

Everyone should have at least one smoke alarm on every level of their home and the safest option is have those linked together.  This will give the earliest warning if there is a fire in the property.

There was no smoke alarm fitted in the property.

Fire crews from Fulham, Chelsea, Kensington and North Kensington fire stations are attending the scene. 

Story collated by Liz Turnbull.

Resources used:

http://www.london-fire.gov.uk

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