Chimney fires keep volunteers busy More than 100 since Dec. 1

March 16, 1993|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Staff Writer

Carroll County firefighters passed the century mark last week, but it's an honor they may not be very happy about.

Firefighters from Carroll County responded to chimney fire No. 109 early yesterday. The chimney fire season started about Dec. 1.

The most recent fire was at a house on Meadow Branch Road two minutes after midnight Sunday. Firefighters from Westminster and Pleasant Valley responded to the call, and were out 36 minutes.

Fire companies in Carroll responded to their 100th chimney fire of the season March 8, when they were dispatched to a house on Glenville Road in York County, Pa.

Officials said 102 of the fires occurred in Carroll County and seven just outside county boundaries.

Jay Nusbaum, chief of the Westminster fire company, suggests that Carroll residents who use wood or kerosene stoves as a heat sources to "have your chimney cleaned and inspected for damage before using the stove each season, and use only seasoned wood in the stove or fireplace."

Mr. Nusbaum cautioned that combustible material should not be stored close to working stoves.

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