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Home fire safety important this time of year

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Ash and chimney fires are preventable

Posted Friday, February 17, 2023 1:30 pm
Deb Hurley Brobst

Area fire departments hope residents will be wiser this winter by taking care of their wood-burning fireplaces, woodstoves and chimneys, and by properly disposing of ashes.

In recent weeks, the departments have responded to calls for ashes that ignited and chimney fires, one in Pine that substantially damaged the home, and more. These incidents are preventable when residents follow some guidelines.

"It sounds funny to say it, but fire is dangerous," Einar Jensen, spokesman for Evergreen Fire/Rescue, said. "We need to remember we can help control whether heat and fuel come together. If we allow it, that's when we get fire."

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