How Safe Is Your Chimney? NJ House Fire Serves As Critical Reminder

 How Safe Is Your Chimney? NJ House Fire Serves As Critical Reminder

Firefighters quickly doused a smoky chimney blaze in Cresskill Wednesday night. Fortunately, it didn’t cause the kind of damage that’s possible when homeowners aren’t vigilant.

The Chestnut Street resident safely fled the two-alarm 11:30 p.m. blaze, Fire Chief Christopher S. Ulshoefer said. No injuries were reported.

The fire, which damaged the first and second floors, was declared under control in about 20 minutes, the chief said.

Mutual aid responders at the scene or in coverage included firefighters from Demarest, Dumont and Tenafly.

NOTE: A vast majority of the more than 25,000 chimney fires reported in the U.S. each year can be prevented, fire officials say.

Among their tips:

  • Burn only seasoned or dried out wood. It will be dark, with cracks in the end and should sound hollow when struck against…

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