9 signs that you’ve had a chimney fire

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.

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