Fireplace Chimney Soot - Chimney Fires

The photos below shows a wood burning fireplace that has soot build up in the vertical chimneys vent. The second photo was taken inside the fireplace viewing upward inside the vent where soot has acumilated.

Dirty chimneys can cause chimney fires, which damage structures, destroy homes and injure or kill people. ​

 Indications of a chimney fire have been described as creating loud cracking and popping noise, a lot of dense smoke, and an intense, hot smell.

​Chimney fires can burn explosively – noisy and dramatic enough to be detected by neighbors or people passing by. Flames or dense smoke may shoot from the top of the chimney. Homeowners report being startled by a low rumbling sound that reminds them of a freight train or a low flying airplane. However, those are only the chimney fires you know about.

 The above content is listed at CISA Chimney Safety Institute of America. Please visit their website for more information regarding this potentially dangerous condition in Fireplaces, Furnace vents and similar appliances.



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