Chimney blaze at Broadhembury

PUBLISHED: 14:08 29 October 2012



Firefighters from Honiton battle blaze for nearly four hours.

Firefighters from Honiton battled for nearly four hours to get a chimney fire involving a wood burning stove under control at Broadhembury.

Two fire crews from Honiton attended the incident at a farm near Causeway End yesterday (Sunday) at 6.12pm.

A hydraulic platform from Exeter was requested to allow the fire at the top of the chimney to be tackled and concrete capping from the top of the chimney had to be removed.

A spokesman for Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said: “It was a complex incident taking about four hours and crews had to cut a hole through one of the bedroom walls into the flue to remove the burning materials.

“There was no fire damage to the house itself but there may have been smoke damage.”

The fire service is urging members of the public to ensure there chimney is free of debris and well swept before using it.

It has issued the following advice:

- Check chimneys and flues are clean and well maintained and free of blockages like bird nests and cob webs

- Check the chimney breast to make sure it is sound and no fumes or sparks can escape through cracks or broken bricks.

- Woodburning stoves should be regularly checked to make sure they are clean and safe, and installed correctly

- Always use a fire guard to protect against flying sparks from hot embers

- Make sure embers are properly extinguished before going to bed or leaving the house

- When burning wood, use dry, seasoned woods only

- Never burn cardboard boxes or waste paper

- Do not overload the grate

- Consider having a carbon monoxide detector fitted as an additional safeguard against the build up of poisonous fumes

- Have a working smoke alarm

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