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What to do if you have a chimney fire

  • Get everyone out of the house.
  • Call the fire department.
  • Don’t close the damper. If you have a fireplace with glass doors, close the doors and the vents. If you have a wood stove, close the doors and the air inlets.
  • If flames are visible at the chimney top hose down the roof but not the chimney. Spraying water on a hot chimney will very likely damage it.
  • Call a chimney professional before using it again. Even a small chimney fire can damage the chimney, making it unsafe to use.
  • Click here to see an important video from the Chimney safety Institute of America.