An early morning fire on Tallo Wood Road Wednesday served as a reminder to Southern Saratoga County residents to clean their chimneys before firing up their wood stoves, as chillier temperatures creep in.
The two people home at the time of the fire were brought to safety after being woken by state police, according to Clifton Park Fire Department’s first assistant Chief Arthur Hunsinger.
Hunsinger said the fire department was dispatched at 1:12 a.m. Wednesday after someone walking their dog noticed the fire at the Tallo Wood home and notified the fire department.
While the exact cause of the fire was unknown Wednesday, Hunsinger said “it was in the area of the chimney.”
He said the fire primarily damaged the outside rear of the building and roof.
“There was some very minor damage to one of the walls in the upstairs bedroom,” he added.
Chimneys should be cleaned at least once a year, before the home heating season begins, according to Hunsinger.
“People are starting to fire these things up without having their chimneys checked. This is what happens,” he said.
The number of chimney fires varies year to year, according to Hunsinger.
“Some years, we’ll have one or two, while other years there will be a dozen,” he said.
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