Friday, 9 May 2014

Two chimney fires within hours in Rother

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is highlighting the importance of keeping chimneys swept and well maintained after two fires yesterday (8 May 2014).

Firefighters from Battle were called to reports of a chimney fire at 14.21.

They attended an address on Bodiam Road in Bodiam.

They used a chimney kit and a thermal imaging camera to tackle the fire.

At 19.54 a second chimney fire was reported in Brightling.

Crews from Burwash attended an address in Brightling Down and used a chimney kit to put out the fire.

There are no reports of injuries at either incident.

Anyone who has a chimney should ensure it is swept regularly and it is well maintained.

Find out more about chimney safety: http://www.esfrs.org/communitySafety/advice/chimney.shtml


How do I know when I have a chimney fire
  • A loud roaring noise, which occurs as massive amounts of air are sucked through the appliance or fireplace opening and used to oxidize the combustible fuels within the system.
  • Sparks and flames seen shooting from the chimney top, which can be firework like in appearance.
  • A glowing or shimmering appliance outlet or connector.
  • Vibrating appliance, outlet or connector.
  • Flames visible through any tiny cracks in the outlet or connector.
  • Smoke and odours noticeable in adjoining rooms or the loft space.
  • The heating up of the chimney breast or flue pipe, in the same room as the appliance and also other rooms that the flue passes through.

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