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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Canal Boat on Fire

A chimney fire has ravaged a narrowboat in Denford today.

Two appliances from Leek attended the incident on Cauldon Canal at 10.30am.

"Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service would urge boat owners to make sure their chimneys are cleaned and maintained regularly."

Watch Manager, Rick Eyre

On arrival crews found the boat to be well alight. Two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus extinguished the flames using one hose reel jet.

Watch Manager, Rick Eyre, said the accidental blaze had caused a severe amount of damage.

"The wooden boat has suffered pretty extensive damage as a result of the fire which we believe started because of a problem with its chimney flue," he said.

"Although no-one was on board at the time, we are aware there were a lot of personal belongings on the boat when the fire started.

"Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service would urge boat owners to make sure their chimneys are cleaned and maintained regularly. Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors should also be fitted to boats where chimney flues are in place."

Following the incident, firefighters spoke to other boat owners in the area, providing them with smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors where necessary.