Firefighters use prototype to extinguish chimney fire

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The new misting tool that has been developed by Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service.

FIREFIGHTERS based in Wellesbourne have used a prototype piece of equipment to put out a chimney fire.

The misting tool has been co-developed by Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service’s (WFRS) development team and consists of a long hose with a misting end connected to the appliance hose reel.

And it was used last Friday evening when they crew were called to a chimney fire in Lighthorne.

A WFRS spokesman said: “Mist is extremely effective at fire suppression and also has the benefit of using much less water and therefore limits any potential damage to the property.

“Whilst at the incident, the crew noticed that there were no working smoke alarms.

“To ensure the residents were kept safe, the crew fitted smoke alarms and provided them with key fire safety advice which included information on chimney fire safety.

“Smoke alarms are life savers. They will alert you to a fire long before a fire has had time to develop, remember to have at least one on each level of your house and to test them weekly.”