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What do you do if you have a chimney fire?
Last Updated: 22nd January, 2020
- Safety First. As soon as you are aware that the chimney is on fire, evacuate all family members and pets from the building, and call the fire department.
- Put Out the Fire in the Grate.
- Use a Fire Extinguisher.
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In this regard, how do you know if you have a chimney fire?
You may detect:
- A loud, crackling or popping noise from the chimney flue (imagine the sound of a large bonfire)
- A lot of dense, thick smoke coming into the fireplace or out of the top of the chimney.
- Flames or things that are on fire (pieces of flaming creosote) coming from the top of the chimney.
Secondly, what happens if you have a chimney fire? Masonry Chimneys – A chimney fire can cause severe damage to the structure of the chimney. The walls may crack and the tile or clay liner pieces may break or even collapse from the high heat. A chimney fire can get up to 2000 degrees Fahrenheit and that is enough heat to even melt metals.
Subsequently, one may also ask, how do you put out a chimney fire?
Chimney sweep Never put water in a stove to put out a chimney fire it is extremely dangerous to do so. Your best bet is to shut the stove down all the way. The flares will work on a small fire but a fire extinguisher will work better. But again you are safer to just shut down the stove.
Will a chimney fire burn itself out?
Any combustion will cease when all the available fuel has been consumed. A flue fire will be extinguished when there is nothing left to burn. Flue fires rapidly reach temperatures in excess of 2000° F. The thermal shock caused by this rapid escalation of temperature will damage ceramic or clay flue liners.