Heavy snowfall and icy conditions have resulted in a number of chimney fires as residents keep warm with roaring log fires.
East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service has been called out to a number of incidents across the Service's area, as temperatures plummet, and would like to remind residents to have their chimney swept regularly.
Over the past few days ESFRS has been sent to the following chimney fires, where crews used chimney kits to tackle the fires and offered a number of Home Safety Visits:
Saturday (4th February)
- Newhaven firefighters were called out to a chimney fire in South Road, Newhaven, at 12.29pm.
- Newhaven firefighters were called out again to a chimney fire in Ambleside Avenue, Telscombe Cliffs, Peacehaven, at 5.34pm.
- Broad Oak firefighters attend chimney fire in Bodiam at 7.42pm until 8.57pm.
- Bexhill firefighters attend chimney fire at Wickham Avenue, Bexhill at 9.46pm and were there until 22.28pm.
Sunday (5th February)
- Burwash firefighters attended a chimney fire in the High Street, Burwash, at 9.59am.
- Two fire engines from Wadhurst attended a chimney fire at Durgates, Wadhurst, at 11.27am and left the property at 12.32pm, following a re-inspection.
- Two fire engines from Hastings attended a chimney fire in Barley Lane, Hastings, at 7.48pm. A re-inspection of the property took place after the fire was out and crews left the property at 10.27pm.
Monday (6th February)
- Two crews from Wadhurst were called out to an incident at Durgates at 11.27am where a chimney fire kit was used at the scene. Crews left the property at 12.32pm, following a re-inspection.
- Hailsham firefighters were called to a chimney fire in Coldharbour Road, Upper Dicker, at 3.59pm.
Chimney fire safety information
- Using a chimney sweep
- When to clean the chimney and liners
- Precautions with open fires
- How do I know when I have a chimney fire
- What to do in the event of a chimney fire