Two chimney fire callouts in Winkleigh

10:51 24 January 2013

Archant

A busy night for Hatherleigh fire fighters as they attend two separate chimney fires.

FIRE crews from Hatherleigh attended two chimney fires in Winkleigh in the space of 12 hours last night (Weds) and this morning.

At 9.50pm yesterday, one fire engine was sent to reports of a fire at Orchard Gate in Dolton.

The fire, which involved a chimney from a wood burning stove, was extinguished by crews using a 135 ladder, hose reel jet and chimney gear.

At 7.45am today, a fire engine from Hatherleigh attended a separate incident at Ingleigh Green in Winkleigh.

The crew found a fire in the chimney of the property and they used chimney gear to extinguish the fire.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue has issued guidance for keeping chimneys safe with the cold weather sparking more people lighting their fires to keep warm.

A spokesman said: “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, including all your Christmas presents.

“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.”

For more tips on keeping your chimney clean and safe visit the fire service’s website by clicking the link in the top right of the page.

Related articles

0 comments

Other News Stories

Fire crews were called out to a shed fire in Exmouth last night which spread to a property.

Read more
6 minutes ago

North Devon Magistrates’ Court filed a restraining order after hearing about the domestic assault.

Read more
18 minutes ago

Brewers Fayre in Bideford is set to open next week at Atlantic Park.

Read more
47 minutes ago

Participants who paid for the event through the website are set to receive a full refund.

Read more
12:30

Plans for retirement housing to be built on a former care home site in Exmouth have again been opposed by town planners

Read more

Plans to secure a link across the River Sid that uses steps will render it accessible only to able-bodied users, a retired businessman has warned.

Read more
11:00

Organisers of the Poppy Appeal in Honiton have said it raised more than £14,000.

Read more

A pair of Sidmouth Slimming World members had a magical start to the new year after being praised by television star Stephen Mulhern.

Read more
10:00

Environmental chiefs have insisted work to shore up Dawlish Warren will not cause increased flood risk to Exmouth.

Read more

Runners can take part in one of three distances around the Ottery St Mary park on Sunday, February 26.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 9°C

min temp: 7°C

Most Read News

Place a family notice

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

Find a job in Devon



Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

FFind planning applications