Something didn’t smell right. This smell of something burning prompted a resident of the Park Charles subdivision in St. Peters to call 911.
When Central County Fire & Rescue (CCFR) firefighters arrived on the scene they smelled the distinctive smell of burning plastic. Using a thermal imaging (infrared) camera they discovered a plastic bucket inside the garage that contained smoldering fireplace ashes.
The ashes were more than two days old but were still hot enough to burn through the bucket and start a fire.
“If the homeowner had not called when he did this could have quickly turned in to a major house fire,” said CCFR Chief
“During the holidays we see more and more people using their fireplaces. Residents need to remember safety first when starting a fire indoors.”
That being said, CCFR recommends the following tips to prevent a fireplace fire:
· Check the chimney and flue to ensure it is clear of debris.
· Use a fireproof screen in front of the fire.
· Dispose of ashes in a metal trash can that is stored at least six-feet away from.
· Keep all decorations and other items that can catch fire at least three-feet away from the fireplace.