Chimney blaze at a March home prompts call to keep chimneys swept regularly

PUBLISHED: 10:52 30 January 2019 | UPDATED: 11:08 30 January 2019

Cambridgeshire Fire crew tackle a blaze in a chimney at a March home

Cambridgeshire Fire crew tackle a blaze in a chimney at a March home


People are being warned to make sure their chimneys are swept regularly to prevent fires following a blaze at a home in March.

Fire crew worked through the night to extinguish a chimney fire at a home in Whittlesey Road.

A spokesman for Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “Please ensure you get your chimney swept regularly and brickwork inspected at least once a year to help prevent a chimney fire.”

On Tuesday (29) at 11.35pm, two crews from March and one crew from Stanground were called to the fire.

Crews arrived to find heavy smoke coming out of the property and neighbouring roof.

Firefighters used small gear and rods to extinguish the fire.

All crews returned to their stations by 4.10pm.

Sweeping chimneys removes the dust, debris, cobwebs, bird nests and other items that fall into chimneys that could be ignited by a stray spark.

If people burn unseasoned or wet wood there is a risk of tar and creosote building up inside the chimney.

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