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UPS worker Buddy Armstrong was delivering a package to 84-year-old Thomas Guthrie’s Dubois home on Tuesday when he heard an alarm inside. Mr. Armstrong, also a volunteer firefighter, called emergency workers and went inside the home, along with a sheriff’s deputy.

Sgt. Jerry Evagelatos said they found a lot of smoke, but couldn’t find the source until firefighters arrived. Sgt. Evagelatos said the sun was shining at just the right angle to hit a magnifying glass on a stand. The glass magnified the sunbeam, which set a nearby pile of mail on fire.

Sgt. Evagelatos said the fire was extinguished before it damaged the home. Mr. Guthrie was not at home during the fire.

From wire dispatches and staff reports