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Property so smoke-logged a second fire crew was called

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 10:45am 24th February 2018. (Updated at 9:03am 25th February 2018)

A chimney fire in Cornwall caused the building to become so smoke logged a second fire crew had to be called.

The service received a report of the chimney fire at the address in Hayle, they sent one pump from Hayle Community Fire Station straight to the scene.

The officer in charge saw that it was so heavily smoke logged they requested another pump that came from Tolvaddon Community Fire Station.

A spokesperson for Cornwall Fire and Rescue said the service: "We received a call from a member of the public reporting a chimney fire at a property in Drannack Mill Lane, Hayle. One pump from Hayle Community Fire Station was immediately mobilised by fire control.

"On arrival, the officer in charge confirmed the property was heavily smoke logged and requested to ‘Make Pumps 2’.

"An additional pump was mobilised from Tolvaddon Community Fire Station by fire control.

"Crews extinguished the fire using two breathing apparatus, one hose reel jet, one safety jet and a thermal imaging camera.

"The incident was left safe and in the hands of the occupant".

There have been a number of chimney fires across Cornwall so far this year and the service has the following advice to reduce the risk.

  • Sweeping it before use.
  • Making sure there is always afire guard in front of the fire.
  • Extinguishing the fire before leaving the house or going to bed.
  • Regularly checking that the fire alarm works.
  • Never lighting a fire with petrol or paraffin.
  • Using spark guards.

Not all chimneys require the same schedule for cleaning, the following timescales are recommended:

  • Gas fires - Once a year if they are designed for sweeping.
  • Oil fires - Once a year.
  • Once a year for smokeless fuel or twice a year for coal.
  • Wood burning fires - Four times a year when being used.                              

If you do witness a chimney fire you should do the following:

  • Dial 999 and ask for the Fire Service. It will help if someone can wait outside to meet them.
  • If you have a conventional open fire, extinguish the fire by gently splashing water onto the open fire.
  • If you have a solid fuel appliance, close down the ventilation as much as possible.
  • Move furniture and rugs away from the fireplace and remove any nearby ornaments.
  • Place a sparkguard in front of the fire.
  • Feel the chimney breast in other rooms for signs of heat.
  • If a wall is becoming hot, move furniture away.
  • Ensure that access to your attic or roof space is available for the Fire Service as they will want to thoroughly check this area for signs of possible fire spread.
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