Staffordshire firefighters have been called to four chimney fires across Staffordshire overnight and this morning.
"We would like to remind people never to leave wood burners or fires unattended."
Station Manager, Mick Daniels
At 7.30pm last night, crews from Stafford, including the aerial ladder platform, were called to the Tap and Spile pub on Peel Terrace in Stafford after a wood burner caught fire.
The fire was extinguished and crews initially left the scene at 10.00pm then returned to re-inspect at 11.50pm. There were no further signs of fire so they closed the incident at just before midnight.
At 8.30pm, crews from Tamworth were also called to a wood burner fire on Manor Close in Harlaston. The aerial ladder platform from Burton was also requested to tackle the fire from a height as access to the chimney internally was restricted.
They left the scene at 10.45pm.
At just before 8.00am this morning, Chase Terrace firefighters will called to a third wood burner fire. Firefighters tackled the fire at the Norton Lane in Burntwood property before leaving the incident at just after 9.00am.
They will return to the property to re-inspect later this morning.
At 10.10am this morning, crews from Brewood and Codsall were called to another incident involving a wood burner. They attended the property on Eastgate Road, Brewood to deal with the fire and give advice to the occupier. A free Home Fire Risk Check was also completed before they left the scene at 10.40am.
Station Manager, Mick Daniels said: "Due to the predicated bad weather today and over the weekend, 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."