A crystal doorknob started a devastating house fire in south London yesterday morning. London Fire Brigade says the sun’s rays refracted light from the knob onto a dressing gown which then caught fire.
Knob starts house fire! Yes, that's right, a glass doorknob refracted the suns rays & caused damage to a Clapham home http://t.co/Qv0cylXl3M
Charlie Pugsley from the Brigade’s fire investigation unit said:
“Crystal and glass ornaments and items such as shaving mirrors should be kept out of direct sunlight. The homeowners are lucky they had a working smoke alarm which alerted some local builders who quickly called the Brigade. Part of the bedroom was damaged but it could have been much worse.“
Earlier this year a crystal ball set light to curtains at a property in Romford.
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REMINDER A3 Clapham Road remains closed btwn Brixton Rd and Stockwell Rd due to the repair works being made to the burst water main.
Thames Water has said the A3 in Kennington will remain closed over the weekend, after the road was flooded on Thursday.
There's been major disruption after a 30 inch pipe burst, which then caused a damage to a smaller pipe.
Engineers are still working to clear debris and to find out what caused the problem.
Thames Water has thanked the London Fire Brigade for helping to pump out gallons of water and for distributing sandbags to protect residents
Four fire engines and around 20 firefighters were called to deal with a burst water main near the junction of Clapham Road and Claylands Rd in Stockwell, SW9 yesterday evening.
At the height of the incident the roadway was flooded to a depth of about four inches after the 30 inch water main burst.
Clapham Road was closed between Oval and Stockwell tube stations and several other roads in the area were also affected, including Fentiman Road, Palfrey Place, Trigan Road, South Island Place and Handforth Road.
Crews pumped water away from one flooded basement flat but no other homes are believed to have been affected. Sandbags were used as a precaution to protect properties from the water.
Station Manager Lisa Hicks who was at the scene said: “Crews did an excellent job to prevent the flood water from entering properties. They worked really hard in the early stages of this incident to divert the water away from homes and into drains by using sandbags and booms. Thanks to their efforts the damage caused by the burst main was limited."
Water levels have now subsided but Clapham Road remains closed between Oval and Stockwell tube stations.
A Thames Water spokesman says the water is not sewage.
They say it is the result of a burst water main, which had mixed with silt and mud.
Engineers are on site working to manage the problem.