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Newport: Chimney Fire at 517 NE 10th


11:27pm
Report of a chimney fire at 517 NE 10th. House filling with smoke. Occupants have evacuated.

11:31pm
Fire Department on scene. See smoke coming out the chimney. Going inside to check things out.

11:35pm
It’s a chimney fire alright. Chief Murphy has issued an all call for more firefighters. Such fires have a tendency to eat away at the insides of chimneys by the hot to cold, hot to cold cycles. The grout and chimney materials tend to break down over time, thereby providing a pathway for embers and fire to reach inside the attic. Firefighters are checking for that.

12:24pm
Fire’s out. Firefighters returning to the station.

Reminder from Fire Chief Rob Murphy:

Newport Fire Chief Rob Murphy says dirty chimneys are a major fire hazard. If you burn wood on a regular basis, an annual cleaning is a must. He says a fireplace or wood stove builds up smoke deposits in the chimney which, over time, act just like charcoal in a back-yard barbecue. The residues get hot and cold, hot and cold, which wears away at the interior of your chimney. When it breaks down, it gives fire a pathway to your attic – and then you’re in deep trouble. In addition to an annual cleaning, Chief Murphy recommends burning only “last year’s wood.” “Wood needs to cure for a year,” he says, “usually, before it’s ready to be burned. Otherwise smoke residue in your chimney builds up much faster.”

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