Fire Brigade Issues Warning After Stile Hall Gardens Incident

Mirror on windowsill believe to have started fire

Firefighters at the scene in Stile Hall Gardens. Picture: London Fire Brigade

London Fire Brigade has issued a warning about the danger of fires being caused by direct sunlight after an incident in Chiswick.

Investigators believe that a mirror placed on a windowsill at a house in Stile Hall Gardens may have started a fire this Tuesday (14 June).

The small smouldering fire started in the bathroom of the house and was extinguished before firefighters arrived at 7.33pm. Crews rescued a man from the first floor of the building who was assessed on scene by London Ambulance Service crews.

Two fire engines from Chiswick and Acton fire stations attended the scene

The Brigade’s 999 Control Officers gave fire survival guidance to residents affected by thick smoke on how to stay safe before firefighters arrived.

A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said, “These sorts of fires are not as rare as you would think. They can happen all year around, but as we head into summer and the sun gets stronger, it’s really important that reflective items such as mirrors, crystals and glass ornaments are kept out of direct sunlight.”

Valuee Reading Articles Like This? Help Us Produce More

This site remains committed to providing local community news and public interest journalism.

Articles such as the one above are integral to what we do. We aim to feature as much as possible on local societies, charities based in the area, fundraising efforts by residents, community-based initiatives and even helping people find missing pets.

We’ve always done that and won’t be changing, in fact we’d like to do more.

However, the readership that these stories generates is often below that needed to cover the cost of producing them. Our financial resources are limited and the local media environment is intensely competitive so there is a constraint on what we can do.

We are therefore asking our readers to consider offering financial support to these efforts. Any money given will help support community and public interest news and the expansion of our coverage in this area.

A suggested monthly payment is £8 but we would be grateful for any amount for instance if you think this site offers the equivalent value of a subscription to a daily printed newspaper you may wish to consider £20 per month. If neither of these amounts is suitable for you then contact and we can set up an alternative. All payments are made through a secure web site.

One-off donations are also appreciated. Choose The Amount You Wish To Contribute.

If you do support us in this way we’d be interested to hear what kind of articles you would like to see more of on the site – send your suggestions to the editor.

For businesses we offer the chance to be a corporate sponsor of community content on the site. For £30 plus VAT per month you will be the designated sponsor of at least one article a month with your logo appearing if supplied. If there is a specific community group or initiative you’d like to support we can make sure your sponsorship is featured on related content for a one off payment of £50 plus VAT. All payments are made through a secure web site.


June 16, 2022