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   Fire crew extinguishes chimney blaze. I hate flue season

02 Dec 2012 06:23 PM   |   1805 clicks   |   This Is North Devon
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whatshisname     
Well that puts a damper on things

02 Dec 2012 06:29 PM
Mutt Farkinov     
This is green light material??

02 Dec 2012 06:29 PM
jimmyego    [TotalFark]  
FTFA: "After initial investigations they used a ladder, special chimney equipment and a thermal imaging camera to locate and put out the fire, which was in a wood burning stove."

That all seems rather over-engineered. Aren't they just going to dump water on the stove and down the chimney anyway?

02 Dec 2012 06:31 PM
Vector R     
You're supposed to play with Log, not burn it!

Also, the fire was small enough that they needed thermal imaging equipment to find it? Was it Predator stealth fire?

02 Dec 2012 06:32 PM
jimmyego    [TotalFark]  

Mutt Farkinov: This is green light material??


Reminds me of my small hometown newspaper when "Lost Badger Located" made the front page.

02 Dec 2012 06:32 PM
FunkOut    [TotalFark]  
With a good stove, you can cut off the airflow to the chimney and cut off the airflow into the stove. Of course, some people don't clean their damn chimneys.

02 Dec 2012 06:33 PM
MooseUpNorth     
Uh, yeah, if this is to be even slightly worthy of the greenlight, it is to remind folks that creosote buildup means cleaning the chimney every single year, even if you've only used the fireplace a few times. Do it (or schedule it) now, before the weather makes it impractical.

02 Dec 2012 06:35 PM
phenn    [TotalFark]  

whatshisname: Well that puts a damper on things


Over. Goodnight, everyone.

02 Dec 2012 06:36 PM
LordOfThePings     

jimmyego: FTFA: "After initial investigations they used a ladder, special chimney equipment and a thermal imaging camera to locate and put out the fire, which was in a wood burning stove."

That all seems rather over-engineered. Aren't they just going to dump water on the stove and down the chimney anyway?


Your post strikes a cord.

02 Dec 2012 06:36 PM
gravy chugging cretin.     

jimmyego: FTFA: "After initial investigations they used a ladder, special chimney equipment and a thermal imaging camera to locate and put out the fire, which was in a wood burning stove."

That all seems rather over-engineered. Aren't they just going to dump water on the stove and down the chimney anyway?


I would pay good money to watch that.

02 Dec 2012 06:38 PM
Mutt Farkinov     

Vector R: You're supposed to play with Log, not burn it!

Also, the fire was small enough that they needed thermal imaging equipment to find it? Was it Predator stealth fire?


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02 Dec 2012 06:40 PM
King Something     

Mutt Farkinov: This is green light material??


Slow news day + headline with bad pun = automatic greenlight.

02 Dec 2012 06:42 PM
nmemkha     
Sounds like the homeowner needs sweeping changes to how their maintain their fireplace and chimney.

02 Dec 2012 06:43 PM
Mutt Farkinov     

King Something: Mutt Farkinov: This is green light material??

Slow news day + headline with bad pun = automatic greenlight.


Beats hanging out in the climate change wharrbarrgl thread, so it's got that going for it.

02 Dec 2012 06:47 PM
meatofmystery     
that's a nice truck.

02 Dec 2012 06:48 PM
FunkOut    [TotalFark]  

MooseUpNorth: Uh, yeah, if this is to be even slightly worthy of the greenlight, it is to remind folks that creosote buildup means cleaning the chimney every single year, even if you've only used the fireplace a few times. Do it (or schedule it) now, before the weather makes it impractical.


Also, don't burn garbage in your fireplace or stove and don't burn magazines.

02 Dec 2012 06:50 PM
Mutt Farkinov     

FunkOut: MooseUpNorth: Uh, yeah, if this is to be even slightly worthy of the greenlight, it is to remind folks that creosote buildup means cleaning the chimney every single year, even if you've only used the fireplace a few times. Do it (or schedule it) now, before the weather makes it impractical.

Also, don't burn garbage in your fireplace or stove and don't burn magazines.


Or cedar.

02 Dec 2012 06:53 PM
ladyfortuna     
My sister just had two squirrels get into her chimney in the last few weeks; get those things cleaned and checked for rodents :P

02 Dec 2012 06:54 PM
FriarReb98    [TotalFark]  
Looking at that pic of Kardashian's ass at the bottom of the page...she's getting all cottage-cheesy now.

02 Dec 2012 06:55 PM
FunkOut    [TotalFark]  

ladyfortuna: My sister just had two squirrels get into her chimney in the last few weeks; get those things cleaned and checked for rodents :P


I remember taking a bat out of the stove during the summer. He was hanging on the inside of the glass nearly dead from dehydration. Took him out with the dustpan, stuck him on the front porch next to a bowl of sugar water, and he flew away after a couple hours after filling up.

02 Dec 2012 06:57 PM
DarthBart     

jimmyego: FTFA: "After initial investigations they used a ladder, special chimney equipment and a thermal imaging camera to locate and put out the fire, which was in a wood burning stove."

That all seems rather over-engineered. Aren't they just going to dump water on the stove and down the chimney anyway?


That'll ruin the chimney and stove. There's a small road-flare looking thing that you can toss into the firebox that generates tons of vapours that extinguish the fire without the thermal shock of dumping cold water down the flue.

02 Dec 2012 07:01 PM
bullsballs     
wonder if the home owner had to pay for it all, or did they split it?
but it sounds more like the fire crew made an ash of themselves.

After initial investigations they used a ladder, special chimney equipment and a thermal imaging camera to locate and put out the fire, which was in a wood burning stove.

after all, isn't that where a wood fire belongs?

02 Dec 2012 07:03 PM
Gyrfalcon     

FunkOut: MooseUpNorth: Uh, yeah, if this is to be even slightly worthy of the greenlight, it is to remind folks that creosote buildup means cleaning the chimney every single year, even if you've only used the fireplace a few times. Do it (or schedule it) now, before the weather makes it impractical.

Also, don't burn garbage in your fireplace or stove and don't burn magazines.


Good place for my semi-CSS: Sitting in my room one night last winter, suddenly our local fire department comes sirening down the street and stops...at my house! Well, at the townhouse two doors down. They get out, there's some minor commotion, and then they leave. My mom goes down the block to find out what transpired.

Turns out our neighbor decided to burn some trash and scrap wood in their fireplace. Which, like all of the fireplaces in our complex, is gas. And not designed for burning wood or paper. We've since discovered that neighbor is in the early stages of dementia.

Do make sure, before burning anything in your fireplace, that it doesn't have a gas line running under it!

02 Dec 2012 07:14 PM
DangerGentleman     
Came here to strike a cord or put a damper on things. Leaving, full of shame. I've been scooped.

02 Dec 2012 07:26 PM
Mutt Farkinov     

Gyrfalcon: FunkOut: MooseUpNorth: Uh, yeah, if this is to be even slightly worthy of the greenlight, it is to remind folks that creosote buildup means cleaning the chimney every single year, even if you've only used the fireplace a few times. Do it (or schedule it) now, before the weather makes it impractical.

Also, don't burn garbage in your fireplace or stove and don't burn magazines.

Good place for my semi-CSS: Sitting in my room one night last winter, suddenly our local fire department comes sirening down the street and stops...at my house! Well, at the townhouse two doors down. They get out, there's some minor commotion, and then they leave. My mom goes down the block to find out what transpired.

Turns out our neighbor decided to burn some trash and scrap wood in their fireplace. Which, like all of the fireplaces in our complex, is gas. And not designed for burning wood or paper. We've since discovered that neighbor is in the early stages of dementia.

Do make sure, before burning anything in your fireplace, that it doesn't have a gas line running under it!


A CSB to go along with that one...had a lady a while back who started a fire in her fireplace, never having actually noticed there was no chimney exiting through the roof. Her dad had gifted the house to her a year or two before.

02 Dec 2012 07:34 PM
Tangenital     
I have this horrible straw-like clown hair right now and it is really annoying me.

02 Dec 2012 09:38 PM
John Buck 41    [TotalFark]  
Chimney fires are scary. Especially in old houses. Clean your chimneys. Or ditch the wood and get a pellet stove.

02 Dec 2012 10:06 PM
rnatalie    [TotalFark]  
I was a member of a fire department in a wood-stove heat area of Maryland. Every fall when we got the first cold snap, we'd know we'd get some chimney fire calls.

Yes, they can be serious. I've pulled a dead body out of one house that got involved that started as a chimney fire (of course the dumbass went back into his house after calling the fire department and got overcome by smoke...found him stuck between the laundry and the wall he'd obviously got disoriented).

Pouring water down the chimney is a good way to destroy the flue. This is our tried and true method.
While one crew is laddering the chimney and getting the cap off, another takes a tarp, a metal bucket, and a dry chemical extinguisher to the fire place. Spread out the tarp, open fireplace/firebox, take out the burning wood and put it in the bucket. Take the dry chemical extinguisher and just discharge it into the fireplace. When the powder shoots out the chimney top, stop. That's all it takes to extinguish it. And if we got to it early enough, it's not set anything else on fire.

We then drop a chimney sweep down to knock out anything that might be smouldering in the chimney.
Tell the person not to set any more fires in that stove/fireplace until it is professionally cleaned (the second rule that dumbass dead guy above had also violated).

03 Dec 2012 08:50 AM
Highroller48    [TotalFark]  

DangerGentleman: Came here to strike a cord or put a damper on things. Leaving, full of shame. I've been scooped.


Yule be more pissed when you realize you missed a good one.

03 Dec 2012 11:58 AM
Syphilis_Smile     

Vector R: You're supposed to play with Log, not burn it!

Also, the fire was small enough that they needed thermal imaging equipment to find it? Was it Predator stealth fire?


If they don't scan it with a thermal camera, there may be a small ember that reignites the larger fire. This is why they will tear down the walls of your house during a post-fire overhaul of your home, hoping to prevent having to return later and do the same damn job.

03 Dec 2012 04:53 PM
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