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Sunlight on mirror causes fire in Chalfont St Peter

Sunlight reflecting off a mirror caused a fire which damaged a house in Buckinghamshire.

The fire service has urged "extra care" with mirrors after the blaze in Chalfont St Peter on Thursday.

A mirror on a chest of drawers concentrated the sun's rays on to a curtain, which started to burn, the fire service said.

The fire spread to a cabinet and caused smoke damage to about half of the first floor of the two-storey house.

Watch manager Sam Sansom from Amersham fire station said: "We are advising people to take extra care, particularly with convex and concave shaving or make-up mirrors.

"Keep them out of contact with direct sunlight, and never put them on window sills."

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