Sunday, 14 April 2024

Lakeport firefighters respond to chimney fire

LAKEPORT – Firefighters were able to contain a chimney fire in a Lakeport home on Wednesday before the rest of the home caught fire.

On Wednesday at around 9 a.m. the Lakeport Fire Protection District responded to a reported chimney fire at Hartley Road and 20th Street, according to a Thursday report from the agency.

The Lakeport Fire Protection District responded with one chief officer, one truck company and

one advanced life support engine.

Chief Ken Wells arrived on scene within four minutes to find a single story, single family home with a confirmed fire in the chimney and possible fire extension to the attic.

Under his direction, entry and roof teams made a “swift and coordinated attack” and contained the fire in the chimney before further structure involvement, the district reported.

Salvage and overhaul lasted just over hour and no injuries were reported.

While the fire investigation has not been competed yet, possible contributing factors include inadequate chimney maintenance, according to the district.

The Lakeport Fire Protection District reminds all residents to follow the National Fire Protection Agency recommendation for annual chimney cleaning and inspection by trained professionals.

In addition to fires, poorly maintained chimneys can lead to toxic carbon monoxide poisoning, the district reported.

With winter fast approaching, it is imperative that homeowners adequately maintain heating systems to prevent tragedy from occurring, officials said.

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