Didn’t see that one coming; Crystal ball sparks house fire

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You didn't see that coming did you? (Picture: London Fire Brigade)

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A couple’s crystal ball failed to predict their bedroom would set on fire after it was the glass ornament itself which sparked the blaze at a house in Romford.

The sun’s rays were refracted through the crystal ball, setting light to the curtains, which spread to the rest of the man's bedroom (Picture: London Fire Brigade)The sun’s rays were refracted through the crystal ball, setting light to the curtains, which spread to the rest of the man's bedroom (Picture: London Fire Brigade)

The pair had to call in firefighters after failing to have the foresight to keep the orb out of direct sunlight.

Its rays were refracted through the ball, setting light to the curtains, before the fire spread to the rest of the room.

A spokesman for London Fire Brigade said the couple attempted to tackle the fire with a garden hose and some towels before realising the fire was too severe and calling for help.

The blaze started on Sunday afternoon at a house in Church Road, Romford, whilst the male occupant was asleep in the bedroom after a night shift, but was awoken by his smoke alarm.

Fire Investigation Officer Mick Boyle said: “That smoke alarm saved his life – he could easily have slept through and been overcome by smoke.

“You can’t predict the future, but you can prevent this type of fire by keeping glass ornaments, mirrors, and bottles away from sunny window sills.”

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