Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 5 March 2015

Fluke fire started by bedroom mirror

A family were forced to flee their home after a fire was set off by sunshine intensified by a bedroom mirror.

The property in Leek, Staffordshire was evacuated after evening sunshine was concentrated by the dresser mirror and set fire to the curtains which then spread to the bedding and furniture. The Whittaker family were downstairs when the incident began.

"When I heard the fire alarm go off I went upstairs to see what was going on. When I opened the door I couldn't breate. The smoke hit me," Jean Whittaker (65) told the Daily Express.

The family then escaped from the house to raise the alarm. The fire service managed to put out the fire but the room was totally destroyed.

"The fire-fighters said it was a strange fluke that could have happened at any time," Jean added.

Manager of the local fire station, Carl Mason, said: "The cause is bizzare but not unheard of. The important thing was the smoke alarms were working."

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