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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Three Chimney Fires in Staffordshire

05/01/2012

Staffordshire firefighters have been called to three chimney fires across Staffordshire in the last 24 hours.

"We advise that people have their chimney swept at least once a year and this should take place before you plan to use the wood burner or fire."

Head of Risk Reduction, Glynn Luznyj

At 4.50pm yesterday, Wombourne firefighters were called to a chimney fire involving a wood burner on Penn Road in Gospel End, Wombourne.

Crews spent three hours dealing with the incident and then re-inspected at just after 10pm last night to make sure everything was ok.

At 7.45am this morning Biddulph firefighters were called to a chimney fire on New Street in Biddulph and at 8.35am Tamworth crews were called to another chimney fire involving a wood burner, on Bradford Street in Tamworth.

Head of Risk Reduction, Glynn Luznyj said: "Due to the bad weather we’re experiencing at the moment, more people will be using their wood burners and fires however what a lot of people don’t realise is that their chimney needs to be swept if they have not used their wood burner or fire for a while.

"We advise that people have their chimney swept at least once a year and this should take place before you plan to use the wood burner or fire. Wood burners are becoming much more common now however if you’re having a wood burner installed you still need to have your chimney swept and ensure a qualified installer fits the wood burner.

"Make sure you keep logs for wood burners and open fires dry and away from damp areas and that a fire guard is in place when open fires are in use.

"We would also like to remind people never to leave wood burners or fires unattended – if you’re going out or going to bed make sure you have properly extinguished wood burners and open fires or turned off gas and electric fires."