A FIRE which caused extensive damage to a house in Caversham was probably caused by sunlight reflected off a bedroom
A FIRE which caused extensive damage to a house in Caversham was probably caused by sunlight reflected off a bedroom mirror, say investigators.
Fire crews took two hours to bring the blaze at the property in The Warren under control on Sunday, December 28. The roof and two floors were badly damaged.
Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service said that following an investigation the most likely cause was sunlight reflecting from the make-up mirror on to curtains in a south-facing bedroom at the top of the property.
Station manager Sean Keeley said: “Cases of reflected light triggering fires in homes are rare. However, we would urge the public to be aware of the potential danger of reflective surfaces intensifying the sun’s rays.
“To minimise the risk of fire, please make sure reflective items such as mirrors are not placed in direct view of sunlight in the home, particularly during the winter months when the low-lying sun can shine on fixed surfaces for a prolonged period.”
The £3.5 million house belongs to Darren Browne, chief executive of the Pertemps employment group.
His son Conor, 23, was in the house with his girlfriend and teenage brother Paddy when they spotted the fire. He called 999 and then fled the house with the family dogs before calling Mr Browne, who was out shopping.