12:33 Tuesday 28 January 2014

Another day.. Another chimney fire in Cambridgeshire

Written byJORDAN DAY

Two chimney fires broke out in East Cambridgeshire within days of each other - sparking a warning from fire service chiefs.

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service says it is attending more and more chimney blazes and that homeowners can make that stop by getting their chimneys swept.

At around 6.20pm on Friday, crews were called to a chimney fire at a property in The Row, Sutton.

And on Sunday, at around 10.35pm, firefighters were called to another chimney fire at a home in Sennitt Way, Stretham.

Group Commander Chris Parker said: “If you have an open fire, it is vital that you have your chimney swept at least once a year to prevent a build-up of debris.

“In addition to this, the brickwork on the chimney should also be inspected, particularly in the roof space to ensure there are no cracked or broken bricks which embers could escape through.

“Not only could a fire cause major damage to your home but it could also put the lives of your family at serious risk.”

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