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London Firefighters Say Empty Nutella Jar Sparked House Fire

Sunlight refracted through the glass jar, which was sitting on a windowsill, the London Fire Brigade said. The fire severely damaged the home and killed the residents' dog.

Posted on February 25, 2015, at 4:39 p.m. ET

Investigators determined a severe house house fire in London earlier this month was caused by an empty Nutella jar sitting on a windowsill.

According to the London Fire Brigade, sunlight refracted through the glass jar, which was being reused to hold loom bands. The resulting heat set the window's blinds on fire, then spread.
London Fire Brigade / Via Twitter: @londonfire

According to the London Fire Brigade, sunlight refracted through the glass jar, which was being reused to hold loom bands. The resulting heat set the window's blinds on fire, then spread.

Flames destroyed the bedroom and also damaged the roof.

The family was not home at the time of the fire, officials said, but their dog died in the blaze.
London Fire Brigade / Via Twitter: @LondonFire

The family was not home at the time of the fire, officials said, but their dog died in the blaze.

The fire took place Feb. 15 in Twickenham. It wasn't the first time investigators said they'd determined a fire had started because of glass or mirrors.

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