Posted by: yelvertonfirestation | January 17, 2012

Fire Call, 15th of January, Chimney Fire, Buckland Monochorum

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At 18:47 on the 15th of January, Yelverton appliance was called to a chimney fire at Buckland Monochorum. On arrival the crew found the call had been put in by a neighbour who had seen hot ashes coming out of the chimney. The occupier had been using cardboard to light a fire in the grate to burn some wood, he put the fire out when the neighbour told him what had happened. The fire crew checked the chimney with the thermal imaging camera, gave some advice about chimney fires and returned to station.

Remember if you have a log burner or an open fire you need to have the chimney swept regularly and burn seasoned logs. If you have a chimney fire you can slow its progress by applying a small amount of water onto the fire in the grate. If you do, remember this, water expoands 1000 fold when it turns to steam. If you apply to much water you could be seriously scalded!! Use a hand brush from a dust pan and brush set and dip the brush into water and then flick the brush at the fire. The water that drips off the brush will make sufficient steam to slow the fire. Don’t forget to call the fire brigade as well and only use the brush technique if you feel comfortable with it. If you don’t call us and we’ll be happy to deal with it for you.

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