A serious house fire in Huddersfield was triggered by the sun’s rays igniting a number of aerosol cans
But within seconds it had fed on a pile of timber and spread to the rear of the house in Royds Avenue, causing major damage.
No one was hurt but tens of thousands of pounds damage was caused.
Flames shot high into the air as the fire spread and a huge plume of dense black smoke hung over the area.
Residents came out of their homes to watch as firefighters battled to save the house.
The fire spread rapidly through much of the house, ripping through roof tiles.
Video filmed by Alan Milnes, Jordan Warby and the Examiner
Fire crews used hose reels to try and contain the blaze and also brought in a specialist aerial appliance so firefighters could pour water on the blaze from above.
Huddersfield Watch Commander Mark Hemingway said: “Investigations have revealed the blaze was caused by a group of aerosol cans which were heated up by the sun.
“They have exploded and ignited a quite large amount of timber. The fire has also spread to an adjoining property and caused minor damage.
“Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing is taking care of the family.”
A West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “We got the call at 10.44am and found the house involved in the fire.
“Two crews from Huddersfield were there initially but were joined by a crew from Elland.
“The firefighters used the aerial appliance to help them with the job.
“A crew remained at the scene well into the afternoon.”
Eyewitness Alan Milnes, who lives in nearby Longwood Edge and filmed the video above, said: “My wife was outside and said there was something burning.
“I looked across and saw plumes of thick black smoke pouring into the sky.
“I realised it was a lot more serious than someone burning rubbish and walked down to see the flames shooting out of the top of the house.
“I have to praise the fire crews. They were on the scene within a couple of minutes and started tackling the fire straight away.
“They were doing a great job”