FIREFIGHTERS from Wrentham spent more than half an hour tackling a chimney blaze.

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The crew were called out following reports of a chimney fire at Frostenden Corner about 6.40pm last night (Saturday).

A brigade spokesman said: “Crews used their chimney gear to extinguish the fire and had the incident under control by 7.19pm.”

The crew had returned back to their base by 7.46pm.

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service issued the following reminder to locals, following a spate of recent chimney blazes.

“Chimney fires affect 6,000 properties in the UK every year. Some simple tips to greatly reduce your chances of having a fire in your chimney include: Sweeping the chimney before use, ensure a fireguard is in front of the fire at all times, Sparkguards can prevent a serious property fire, extinguish the fire before going to bed or leaving the house, never use petrol or paraffin to light your fire, and make sure you have a working smoke alarm and check it works regularly.”

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