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The Spike in Chimney Fires Continues

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Call-outs since yesterday afternoon (Wednesday 3 April) include a chimney fire at a cottage in Eastnor at 12.40pm, a chimney fire at a property in Hollybed Street in Castlemorton at 4.30pm, a woodburner chimney fire at 6.45pm along Birmingham Road in Redditch, a chimney fire in Welland Road, Upton-upon-Severn, at 9.50pm and then a fire in the roof space of a property in Upper Broadheath in Worcester at 3.10am this morning (Thursday 4 April), believed to have been caused by heat from the chimney.

Station Commander Alan Haley from the Community Safety department at Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service said: “We are currently experiencing a high number of chimney fires across Herefordshire and Worcestershire and while we recognise that it has been the coldest March for many years and temperatures are still pretty low, we want to make people aware that most chimney fires are avoidable – simply by having chimneys swept regularly.”

He urged anyone with a real fire or woodburning stove to check when they last had their chimney swept and to book their next appointment NOW rather than risking a fire in their chimney which can all to easily spread into the roof space and throughout the rest of their home.