Evergreen has seen five chimney fires this month — three in a 24-hour period — but chimney fires are among the most preventable, said Doug Saba with the Evergreen Fire Protection District.
Saba said that typically the need for cleaning or repairs is the culprit, and that chimneys should be inspected every year before cold weather sets in.
Also, proper disposal of ashes is important: The National Fire Protection Association advises they be transported in a metal container away from the home and left to soak for 12 hours.
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