THE Witheridge fire crew were called out to Fore Street in the town on Thursday morning to deal with yet another chimney fire. The fire fighters used triple extension and roof ladders, one hose reel and chimney gear to quell the blaze. A thermal imaging c

THE Witheridge fire crew were called out to Fore Street in the town on Thursday morning to deal with yet another chimney fire.The fire fighters used triple extension and roof ladders, one hose reel and chimney gear to quell the blaze. A thermal imaging camera was used to check for hot spots.There has been a spate of such fires in North Devon this winter and the Fire Service continues to offer prevention advice to householders who have open fires or use fuel burning stoves.Regular maintenance and sweeping of chimneys is advised, as well as ensuring smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are fitted.To find your local chimney sweep, contact the National Association of Chimney Sweeps on free phone 0800 833464. Or to find out more and for a free home safety visit, call 0800 7311822.