Keep your chimney clean warning after blaze in Ashdon

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A fire crew from Saffron Walden tackled a chimney blaze in Ashdon (File photo) - Credit: Supplied

A chimney fire in Ashdon has sparked a reminder to keep flues clean this winter.

A fire crew from Saffron Walden attended a chimney blaze which broke out at around 6pm on Sunday (November 28).

A spokesperson for Essex County Fire and Rescue Service said: "Firefighters were called to a chimney fire in Ashdon when the residents heard their smoke alarms going off.

"On arrival, crews reported that there was a fire within a chimney of a house.

"Firefighters used chimney rods to extinguish the fire by 6.43pm.

"Most chimney fires are preventable.

"Regular inspection of chimney flues will help prevent fires in chimneys."

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They said that homeowners should sweep their chimneys at least once each year, and said fires should not be stacked too high.

They added: "Smoke alarms save lives.

"They can alert your family as well as your neighbours and passers-by to a fire in your home."