Cold weather over weekend sparks number of chimney fires in Huntingdonshire

FIREFIGHTERS tackled chimney fires in Huntingdonshire villages over the weekend as temperatures started to cool.

Firefighters tackled fires in Bluntisham, Spaldwick and Old Weston as residents tried to combat the cold.

At 3.30pm on Friday (March 16), a crew from St Ives was sent to Ferriman Road in Spaldwick to extinguish a chimney fire.

The following day, firefighters put out a fire in a house in Wood End in Bluntisham where flames from a wood burner spread to the chimney.

Shortly before 8.30am on Sunday, fire crews from Kimbolton, Cambridge and Thrapston were called to a home in Brington Road, in Old Weston. Firefighters used a turntable ladder to allow them drop water down a chimney to extinguish a fire between the liner and brick structure.

A fire service spokesperson said: “Please ensure that you get your chimney swept and the brickwork inspected at least once a year. This will help to prevent a chimney fire.”

• ARSONISTS set fire to a bin near to the Lord Protector pub in Huntingdon.

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At 8.45pm on Friday (March 16) a fire crew was called to the bin fire on Buttsgrove Way. Fire investigators said the fire was started deliberately.

INFORMATION: If you have any information call Cambridgeshire police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.