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High-Power Telescope Starts House Fire

It Wasn't Only the Stars That Lined Up Just Right

A HOUSE FIRE IN CAREFREE, ARIZONA, MONDAY NIGHT started for no apparent reason at first.  But when the fire investigator was able to get a good look at the point of origin Tuesday he found that an improbable set of circumstances most likely led to the ignition.

KNXV-TV

Right in the middle of the area of origin on the outdoor patio was a positioned telescope, one that costs several thousands of dollars, that was lined up for night star gazing, but ended up beaming the sun's rays through the high-power magnifying lenses.  They have determined that the hot, intense beam ignited the wood surface directly behind the telescope.

KNXV-TV

KNXV-TV in Phoenix vistited the site and prepared this video report:

 

You can read the full STORY HERE.

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