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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Chimney Fire in Cotes Heath

10/09/2009

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service attended an incident at a property on Common Lane in Cotes Heath near Stafford last night.

Three crews from Eccleshall and Stone were called to the incident at 7.45pm yesterday evening. The incident involved a chimney fire, caused due to the build up of tar, which had evolved from the log burner used to heat the property. Hot embers, which escaped from the fire, caused it to spread into the roof space of the property, which was being used a bedroom.

“We would urge people to ensure that they have operating smoke alarms on each level of their home.”

Station Manager, Andy Kinsman

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used a hose reel jet and one main jet to tackle the fire. No smoke alarms were fitted inside of the property however once the fire had been extinguished crews completed a home fire risk check, where they fitted smoke alarms near to escape routes in the property.

Station Manager Andy Kinsman, commented “We would urge people to ensure that they have operating smoke alarms on each level of their home. They really are life savers – we offer a variety of specialist smoke alarms which suit different requirements. For example in this particular incident, we fitted optical alarms which suit homes heated by Agars or log burners.”

“We would also like to remind people that as we are approaching the winter months it’s soon going to be that time of year to heat your home. If you live in a property where by a log burner or Agar is used, we would urge you to ensure that your chimneys and flues are swept, cleaned and maintained as a build up a tar can result in a fire.”

No persons were injured and the incident closed at 11pm.