Safety advice after crews extinguish two chimney fires

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East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service responded to two chimney fires in Crowborough and Firle yesterday (Monday, March 7).

At 5pm, one appliance from Crowborough was mobilised to Rochester Way, Crowborough, after reports of a chimney fire.

Crews used a chimney kit to extinguish the fire. A home safety visit was provided to residents before firefighters left the scene at 5.56pm.

At 9.37pm, one appliance from Lewes was mobilised to Loovers Lane, Firle, after reports of a chimney fire.

Crews used a chimney kit to extinguish the fire. Firefighters left the scene at 11pm.

Advice from ESFRS is to make sure your chimney is swept at the beginning of the season by a professional chimney sweep. If you are burning wood, the advice is to sweep your chimney twice a year. If you are burning coal, sweep your chimney once a year.

Use seasoned wood, which isn’t too wet and always use a fire guard where appropriate.

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