Brewster Fire Responds to Chimney Fire

On Monday February 4 at 4:43 p.m. the Brewster Fire Department responded to 46 Raymons Way for a reported chimney fire. On arrival at the 1.5 story private dwelling Engine 234 under the command of Captain Donald LaBonte found an active fire within the chimney and assumed command of the incident. Ladder 237 was placed to the top of the chimney and personnel initiated fire suppression operations with a pre-connected attack line. Additional personnel were assigned to check the interior areas of the structure for fire extension. Each floor including the basement and attic areas were evaluated using the thermal imaging camera (TIC). This equipment searches for hidden heat sources and allows firefighters the ability to find fire hidden behind walls and within other void spaces in the structure. Our professional firefighters were able to fully extinguish the fire within approximately 30 minutes with no extension into the building. Units were placed back into service approximately one hour after the initial call. The Brewster Fire Department would like to take this opportunity to remind residents who utilize fireplaces and wood burning stoves to have their chimneys and flues cleaned and/or inspected by a professional cleaning service on an annual basis. Remember, preventing these types of incidents from occurring and causing damage to your residence should be a priority for every homeowner.