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Saturday, May 30 News

Westport firefighters extinguish chimney fire

WESTPORT — Firefighters extinguished a chimney fire in a Norwalk Avenue home Saturday night.

Assistant Chief Matthew Cohen said no one was injured in the fire, which was reported at 8:28 p.m.

“Upon arrival, Engine 4 reported smoke coming from around the area near the top of the chimney, Cohen said in a release.

“Units entered the house and searched for fire extension. The remaining fire in the fireplace was extinguished and the burnt material was removed from the home,” the release said.

“Truck 1 operated from the aerial device and found that there was active fire in the void space around the flue pipe in a wood and stone veneer chimney.

“Additional firefighters checked each floor for fire while Truck 1 had to cut around the chimney cap to access the void spaces,” Cohen said.

The fire was extinguished and firefighters checked for any additional fire while working to control water and smoke damage in the structure. The cause of the fire is under investigation and all fire units cleared with no reported civilian or firefighter injuries.

“Westport Fire would like to remind homeowners to ensure that they have their chimneys serviced and cleaned on a regular basis by a qualified technician,” Cohen said.

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