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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Two Weekend Chimney Fires

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service have attended two chimney fires over the weekend; just days after the Service issued a winter fire safety reminder.

"The two weekend incidents come as a timely reminder for people to maintain their chimneys and open fires."

Risk Reduction Manager, David Steele

The Service is warning people who use an open fire to have their chimneys checked and swept regularly before lighting up this winter.

Risk Reduction Manager, David Steele said: "The two weekend incidents come as a timely reminder for people to maintain their chimneys and open fires. One recommendation would be for people to ensure they get their chimney swept regularly. In particular we would advise that paper is not thrown onto open fires, as it very quickly ignites and will then set fire to any build up of soot in a chimney. Also using a fire guard is of major importance, it only takes a fire to spit and then set alight a rug or the carpet and you can have a serious incident."

One crew from Rugeley were called to the first chimney fire on Saturday at 1pm on Birches Valley Road in Rugeley.

Firefighters, wearing harnesses, identified hot spots of fire using thermal imaging cameras. They then used hose reel jets to extinguish the fire and left the incident at 4.50pm. They then returned at 10pm to re-inspect and ensure no hotspots had re-ignited.

At 6.00pm a crew from Biddulph were called to a similar fire on Akesmore Lane in Gillow Heath, Biddulph. They remained at the incident until 9.20pm putting the fire in the chimney out.