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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

'Dramatic' Chimney Fire

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to be careful burning their rubbish following a 'dramatic' chimney fire in Meir.

Two appliances from Longton, along with the aerial ladder platform from Stafford, attended the incident on Harrowby Road at 4.28pm yesterday, Wednesday.

"Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service would urge everyone who has an open fire in their home not to burn waste materials or plastic items on them."

Ruth Watchorn-Rice, Assistant Area Commander

Assistant Area Commander, Ruth Watchorn-Rice, said waste materials thrown onto the property's open fire had contributed to the blaze.

"Bottles and other plastic items which had been thrown onto the open fire certainly contributed to this incident," she said.

"It resulted in a build up of flammable substances which stuck to the inside of the chimney.

"The chimney became blocked and when we arrived you could see thick smoke all around the outside of the building, it looked very dramatic.

"Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service would urge everyone who has an open fire in their home not to burn waste materials or plastic items on them.

"As well as creating a fire hazard the fumes which can be created by such materials are also potentially dangerous.

 "People should also have their chimneys swept annually or, if they are used regularly, every six months."

The aerial ladder platform was used to scale the roof and access the chimney from the top.

The property suffered no internal fire or smoke damage as a result of the incident.