Firefighters extinguish chimney blaze in Purbeck

Wareham and Poole firefighters were called into action to put out a chimney fire in East Stoke, near Wareham.

The crews received the call at 1:38 pm on Wednesday 17th March 2021. 

Upon reaching the property on Wareham Road, the firefighters put out the blaze with a chimney kit and a hose reel jet. The job was finished by 2.26 pm.

Stay safe from chimney fires

A Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said:

“A clean chimney can help prevent fires and structural damage to your property. Regular cleaning of your chimney or flue will eliminate the build-up of soot and clear obstructions such as bird or animal nests, leaves and debris.

“It is not enough to use a vacuum cleaner and you should make sure that your chimney or flue is inspected regularly.”

Chimney on fire
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Chimney cleaning

The fire service advises that people have their chimneys cleaned:

  • At least once a year when using smokeless fuels
  • At least once a year when using bituminous coal
  • Every three months when burning wood
  • Once a year when using oil
  • Once a year when using gas

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