Daily news bulletin: Firefighters issue warning as mirrors spark two serious house fires

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Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service are warning people not to put glass, and reflective items on windowsills after sunlight reflecting off mirrors caused two serious fires in six days.

No one was injured in either blaze, but the damage was extensive. Both fires occurred at similar times, between 14:00 and 14:30.

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The fire service’s group manager for prevention, Mark Thomas, said: "Fires caused in this way are becoming more and more apparent. Thankfully no one has been seriously injured as a result of these fires, but the damage caused will have a lasting impact on those involved.

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Sunlight reflecting off mirrors causes serious fire | Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service

"Both of these fires were started by the reflected light from the sun, which directed rays from magnifying mirrors onto combustible items.

“Low sun at this time of year and direct sunlight on mirrors can cause serious problems. Even during cold spells, the sun's rays can be very strong, particularly if they are magnified by glass ornaments and mirrors."

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