Out-building fire ‘most likely’ caused by chiminea spreads to house and neighbouring home on Hawthorn Way, Burwell
PUBLISHED: 11:44 24 May 2016
A wooden out-building rapidly caught fire on Hawthorn Way, Burwell and spread to a house and neighbouring home on Friday night.
The blaze was “most likely caused by a spark from a chiminea”, said station commander Paul Clarke.
“While these are a great garden feature, care must be taken with their use.”
Firefighters from Burwell and two crews from Newmarket arrived at 6.51pm to find the well-developed blaze.
“The crews immediately called for assistance and did a fantastic job to prevent the fire spreading further,” added commander Clarke.
Wearing breathing apparatus the crews extinguished the fire using hose reels and a jet.
The cause of the fire was accidental and the crews returned to their stations by 9.30pm.
A chiminea is a freestanding front-loading fireplace or oven with a bulbous body and usually a vertical smoke vent.
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