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Chimney fire

Swiss Avenue, Chelmsford
08/12/2019 @ 20:07
Incident Number: 114282
In attendance: 2 x Chelmsford


Firefighters were called to a house fire in Swiss Avenue, Chelmsford earlier this evening after the resident heard their smoke alarms going off.

On arrival, crews reported that there was a fire behind the fireplace and in the chimney.

Crews used small tools to take the fireplace apart and extinguished the fire with chimney rods and a stirrup pump by 8:45pm.

Watch Manager Nick Singleton said: “We’d like to highlight the importance of having checks carried out on fireplaces and wood burners by suitably qualified tradespeople to ensure fireplaces and chimneys are in good working order before you use them. Make sure chimneys are swept once a year so you don’t get a build up of soot.”

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.
  • 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.
  • Avoid burning resinous woods as soot builds up quickly. Suitable seasoned timber must be used in all solid fuel stoves.
  • Buy only suitable fuels. Using the wrong type of fuel on a liner will reduce the life of the liner considerably due to increased corrosion.

Have your say on the future priorities of Essex County Fire and Rescue Service

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service has launched a public consultation - a ten minute survey asking the public of Essex about how our future priorities are delivered.

The consultation is a chance for the local community to tell us what matters to them and what approach they think we should take. The responses will enable us to develop an Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP) in the New Year.

To have your say, visit: www.essex-fire.gov.uk/irmp before Friday 13 December 2019.

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