Fire Service issue chimney fire safety warning!

Fire crews are urging residents to get their chimney swept following a chimney fire in Wootton Wawen yesterday.chimney-fire1-small

Warwickshire fire and rescue service were called at 8am yesterday morning. A call was received reporting a chimney fire on Mayswood Road in Wootton Wawen, one fire engine from Stratford attended. On arrival crews found a chimney fire that had started in a log burning stove.

Although the chimney had recently been swept, after removing the stove a considerable amount of soot and tar was further removed from the chimney. Fire crews spent around 45 minutes dealing with the fire using water and chimney rods.

Talking about the incident, Station Commander, Andrew Goodman said:
“On this occasion, the fire was contained to the chimney and we were able to deal with it using chimney rods and a small amount of water. However, had the chimney not been recently swept, we could have been looking at a very different story.”chimney-fire2-small

“With the colder weather now settling in, I would urge all residents to have their chimneys swept before lighting a fire for the winter months. A blocked or defective chimney can cause both chimney fires and carbon monoxide poisoning, so it’s very important to employ a professional qualified Chimney Sweep.”

For more information on chimney fire safety log onto https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/chimneyfiresafety