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DIY installed log burner causes serious fire

12th March 2012

Fire crews in North Yorkshire recently attended an incident* where a log burner had been fitted by the occupier and a local builder. Unfortunately the external flue wasn’t fitted properly causing fumes and smoke to percolate into the first floor of the property resulting in a fire within the wall and ceiling voids of the building.

Group Manager Trevor Lund of North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “I would remind householders considering the installation of a log burner; that such installations are regulated by the building control authority and should only be carried out by a HEATAS registered installer ( The Official Body of Solid Fuel Domestic Heating Appliances, Fuels & Services) who will also be able to give advice on the condition of existing chimneys, chimney breasts and fireplace hearths."

He went on to say: “Householders should have their chimneys swept at least once a year particularly after a period of prolonged disuse (over the summer for example). Obviously the frequency of use and the type of fuel might dictate that your chimney may need to be swept more often. A professional chimney sweep would be able to advise the optimum cleaning schedule for your chimney.”

ENDS

*the incident was in Scarborough district.

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