Switching to pellet stove, cleaning chimneys can prevent fires
By Harry Williamson
Silver City Sun-News
SILVER CITY – ‘Tis the season when the thoughts of homeowners turn to football, plump turkeys, and brightly wrapped gifts under their Christmas trees. It’s also the season for crackling fires, sometimes in places homeowners don’t want them – like their chimneys.
Silver City Fire Marshal Milo Lambert laments the number of chimney fires in the Silver City area last winter, hoping it’s not a harbinger of bad things to come this year.
“We had six to eight home fires that started in the chimneys of wood stoves, some causing extensive damage,” he said. “Usually there are only a couple of these fires a year. I hope it was simply because we had a longer, colder winter . . . but you never know.”