Firefighters called to chimney fire in St Albans

Firefighters were called to a home in Avenue Road, St Albans

Firefighters were called to a home in Avenue Road, St Albans - Credit: Cambs Fire & Rescue Service

Firefighters were called to tackle a blaze last night (Tuesday) after a chimney caught fire.

Four crew members from St Albans Fire Station spent an hour putting out the flames at the home on Avenue Road, St Albans.

The team used chimney rods and a stirrup pump to combat the fire, which was accidental.

Crew commander Simon Lincoln, of St Albans Fire Station, said: “We believe the fire was accidental and caused by a lack of upkeep on the chimney.

“Make sure your chimney is well swept. Most chimney fires are down to a lack of maintenance. Normally the fires in a chimney leave a deposit that can build up and catch fire.

“I would advise at the beginning of winter have your chimney swept to stop this from happening.”