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Extinguishing Chimney Fires

BY JONATHAN RIFFE and LARRY PATINAlthough many fire departments respond to chimney fires in the winter months, how much time do they spend teaching recruits the proper method of extinguishing these fires? Chimney fires are easy to handle and mitigate if you take the right actions; however, you still need to be proficient. Following are some helpful hints and notes to assist you when called to this type of emergency. In this article, fireplaces and woodstoves are referred to as a “unit.”The purpose of a chimney is to remove the by-products of combustion in the unit as well as to provide air flow for combustion. The movement of air for combustion and exhaust is called draft. Thi...

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