Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Chimney fire - firefighters issue chimney fire safety advice

Fennes Road, Braintree
25/01/2019 @ 13:50
Incident Number: 93987
In attendance: 1 x Braintree

Firefighters were called to a chimney fire Braintree this afternoon (Friday 25 January).

Fire crews used chimney rods and other equipment to clear the chimney and remove all materials blocking the flue. Fire crews managed to extinguish the fire by 2:45pm with minimal damage to the room.

Crew Manager Paul Burder, Braintree Fire Station, said:

"Incidents like this show how important it is to take some extra precautions if you use a open fire or burner. The top reasons for chimney fires is either the flues haven't been swept regulary enough and also the wrong type of wood or fuel is being burnt. Chimney fires can cause a lot of damage to the house so we want encourage everyone to follow our fire safety advice."

Keep your family and home safe by following our chimney safety advice:

  • Have your chimney swept at least once a year, or more frequently if you burn wood. (Always use a competent chimney sweep who is able to provide you with a certificate upon completion of their work.)
  • Only use suitable fuels. Using the wrong type of fuel on a liner will reduce the life of the liner considerably due to increased corrosion.
  • Avoid burning resinous woods as soot builds up quickly. Suitable seasoned timber must be used in all solid fuel stoves.
  • Do not stack fires too high and remember to let them burn down well before you go to bed.
  • Use a fire or spark guard.
  • Do not place objects on or over the mantle-piece which may cause you to stand too close to the fire to reach or use them.
  • Inspect your chimney regularly - particularly in the roof space - to ensure that it is sound and that sparks or fumes cannot escape through cracks or broken bricks.

It is also vital that you have working smoke alarms fitted in your home. Smoke alarms help save lives by giving you earlier warning of a fire and extra time to get out safely. Essex County Fire and Rescue Service fit smoke alarms completely FREE of charge. Call us on: 0300 303 0088 or book online:

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