On Saturday February 10 at 11:35 a.m. the Brewster Fire Department was dispatched to a possible chimney fire at 350 Black Duck Cartway. On arrival Engine 234 and Ladder 237 under the direction of Captain Dan Kimball found an active chimney fire with flames emanating from the top of the chimney. An interior investigation revealed a fire within the flue of wood burning stove. Car 231 (Chief Moran) arrived on scene and assumed command from the Captain. With a deep setback from the road Ladder 237 was set up to safely access the chimney and FF Michael Gerlach was assigned to sweep the flue with chains. As shown in the photos the availability of an aerial device with a reach of 109’ allowed firefighters too rapidly and safely access the chimney which proved to be a critical factor in a positive outcome. While this operation was being conducted a check of the interior wall structures and void spaces of the home with thermal imaging cameras showed the fire to be contained within the chimney vent. After several attempts the blockage was cleared and the embers collected and extinguished. All Brewster units were placed back into service at 12:49 p.m. During the incident the Dennis Fire Department provided an engine company to cover additional responses within the Town.
The Brewster Fire Department would like to use this incident as a reminder to ensure the flues and vents for your chimney and wood burning stove are cleaned and inspected annually by a reputable chimney cleaning service.