Fire service warn homeowners to sweep chimneys once a year after bungalow blaze

FIREFIGHTERS warned homeowners to make sure chimneys are swept at least once a year after a blaze in a Fenland village. Fire crews from Wisbech were called to a fire at a bungalow in Long Drove, Parson Drove, on Tuesday last week. They used chimney gear,

FIREFIGHTERS warned homeowners to make sure chimneys are swept at least once a year after a blaze in a Fenland village.

Fire crews from Wisbech were called to a fire at a bungalow in Long Drove, Parson Drove, on Tuesday last week.

They used chimney gear, such as rods, to dislodge a blockage which had become hot and started to smoulder.

Phil Pilbeam, watch manager at Wisbech Fire Station, said: "At this time of year, we always see an increase in the number of chimney fires.


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"Ensure that you have your chimney swept at least once a year and avoid burning resinous woods as they will cause soot to build up more quickly.

"Don't bank the fire too high and remember to let it burn down well before you go to bed.

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"It is also vitally important that you have a working smoke alarm in your home, so that if there is a fire, you are alerted in good time.

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