Posted by: yelvertonfirestation | November 16, 2012

Fire Call, 14th of November, Chimney Fire, Dousland.

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At 10:28 on the 14th of November, Yelverton appliance was called to a chimney fire at Dousland. On arrival the crew found a chimney well alight with a wood burner at the botton. Initially the crew tried using the chimney rods with a sprinkler head to attack the fire but were unable to access the part of the chimney that was alight. They then tried using a hose reel from the roof down the chimney which also failed to extinguish the fire!! Finally, they used the chimney rods and sprinkler head down the chimney from the roof and managed to extinguish the fire. This property had an area of roof around the chimney that was inaccessable which meant even with the thermal imaging camera it was difficult for crews to establish if the fire had spread into the roof space. Faced with the option of damaging the ceiling or having a revisit,  the crew elected to return to the property after one hour to confirm there was no fire spread.

Remember, if you want to avoid having a chimney fire, make sure you have your chimney swept at least once a year and burn dry seasoned wood. You should aim to burn logs purchased last year this year.

I have included some photos.

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