Early morning fire reminds residents to clean chimneys before use

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By Cady Kuzmich
Gazette Reporter

Clifton Park — An early morning fire on Tallo Wood Road Wednesday morning served as a reminder to Southern Saratoga County residents to clean their chimneys before firing up their woodstoves as chillier temperatures creep in.

The two individuals in the building at the time of the early morning 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 morning after someone walking their dog noticed the fire at the Tallo Wood home and notified the department.

While the exact cause of the fire is still unknown, Hunsinger said “it was in the area of the chimney.”

Hunsinger said the home primarily suffered exterior damage to the rear of the building and some damage to the 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 season begins, according to Hunsinger. “People are starting to fire these things up without having their chimneys checked.

This is what happens.”  

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. People don’t realize they should be cleaning these things on an annual basis,” he said.