Fenz says Wanaka fire a cue to sweep chim­neys

Otago Daily Times - - WANAKA TIMES - GE­ORGE BLOCK ge­orge.block@odt.co.nz

FIRE and Emer­gency New Zealand has sounded the alarm over the im­por­tance of chim­ney sweep­ing af­ter a fire in a Wanaka chim­ney spread to the house’s roof.

Fire and Emer­gency com­mu­ni­ca­tions spokes­woman Lyn Crosson said Wanaka fire crews were called to the blaze late Wednesday night.

It had spread from a chim­ney into the roof cav­ity of a sin­glestory Kennedy Cres home, which they ex­tin­guished quickly.

‘‘They had no prob­lem ex­tin­guish­ing it; then they just checked for hot spots be­fore leav­ing.’’

How­ever, the in­ci­dent served as a timely re­minder for home­own­ers with wood­ or pel­let­burn­ers to get their chim­neys swept, Ms Crosson said.

‘‘To stop chim­ney fires, you do need to get it cleaned ev­ery year,’’ she ad­vised.

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