fire warning after three blazes in the
in Burnham-On-Sea have this week issued a safety warning after
tackling three chimney fires.
have been busy over the past week as the return of cold weather
has prompted residents to light up fires in their homes, causing
fire crews were called to Harp Road at 7.40pm last night (Sunday,
March 10th) after the residents reported their chimney alight.
The fire was put out safely.
fire engines from Burnham were also called to West Road in Lympsham
on Saturday at 3.10pm to tackle another blaze involving a chimney.
Crews extinguished the blaze using chimney gear and one hose reel
in a third incident last Thursday, which was also in Lympsham,
crews were called at 7.50pm to a separate chimney fire. Crews
had to remove a wood burner to gain access to the hearth. Chimney
rods were used to extinguish the fire.
have urged homeowners in the Burnham area to check the
safety of their chimneys.
A spokesman told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "With the return of
colder weather, warm open fires are being lit. The fire service
encourages residents to check their chimney is clean, safe and
swept before lighting a fire."
"Chimney fires can cause serious structural damage to a
home, with the risks being even greater if the property has a
thatched roof. The damage is not only fire based but also the
dirt and smell left from all the soot and smoke, which would affect
your personal property."
"Chimneys need to be dirt free to allow the free passage
of dangerous combustion gasses, so regular cleaning will remove
soot and creosote, and help prevent dangerous chimney fires. Make
sure your chimney is swept regularly by a registered chimney sweep."