WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

What causes chimney fires?

Heavy deposits of creosote inside the chimney flue or stovepipe can ignite as flue temperatures rise, or if flames enter the flue during normal wood-burning.  Temperatures from the combustion of creosote can exceed 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, and can transfer immense heat through the masonry or steel chimney and ignite adjoining combustibles like framing or roof materials.   

chimney fires...

  • Present an immediate threat to your life and property
  • Burn extremely hot and fast.  
  • Can burn unnoticed by the homeowner.
  • Cause tremendous damage to your chimney system. 
  • Can light other parts of your house on fire.

 

How to identify a chimney fire

It seems like this would be an obvious situation, but the truth is that many chimney fires occur without the homeowner ever knowing that a fire has occurred.  Here are some signs that indicate a chimney fire might be taking place:

  1. A "roaring" sound coming from your chimney, often compared to the sound of a train or jet engine.
  2. Substantial billowing black or gray smoke pouring out of your chimney.
  3. Excessive sparks or flames coming out of your chimney.
  4. A glowing connector pipe or rain cap. 
  5. Loud popping or cracking sounds emanating from your chimney or connector pipe. 
  6. The sound of pieces of creosote falling into your fireplace or stove, often described as "raining down."
  7. Liquid tar oozing out of connector pipe, stove, or fireplace. 

 

IF you believe you may be experiencing a chimney fire call 911 immediately

 

Nine Signs of past chimney fires

  1. “Puffy” or “honey combed” creosote
  2. Creosote flakes and pieces found on the roof or ground
  3. Discolored and/or distorted rain cap
  4. Warped metal of the damper, metal smoke chamber connector pipe or factory-built metal chimney
  5. Roofing material damaged from hot creosote
  6. Cracked or collapsed flue tiles, or tiles with large chunks missing
  7. Heat-damaged TV antenna attached to the chimney
  8. Cracks in exterior masonry
  9. Evidence of smoke escaping through mortar joints of masonry or tile liners

 

CALL A CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL IF YOU SUSPECT YOUR CHIMNEY HAS EXPERIENCED A FIRE

 

 

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