9 signs that you’ve had a chimney fire

Preventing house fires: Neglecting your chimney can lead to fires

The cold weather has some families starting to get their fireplaces going to stay warm.

The Chimney Safety Institute of America says it’s vital to have a chimney inspected on a regular basis.

Experts say chimney fires can happen at a home without a family ever realizing it which could put them and the house in danger.

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Officials say these are the nine signs of a chimney fire:

  • “Puffy” or “honey combed” creosote
  • Warped metal of the damper, metal smoke chamber connector pipe or factory-built metal chimney
  • Cracked or collapsed flue tiles, or tiles with large chunks missing
  • Discolored and/or distorted rain cap
  • Heat-damaged TV antenna attached to the chimney
  • Creosote flakes and pieces found on the roof or ground
  • Roofing material damaged from hot creosote
  • Cracks in exterior masonry
  • Evidence of smoke escaping through mortar joints of masonry or tile liners