Fire warning after barn blaze
FIRE crews are warning local residents who use wood burners to be on guard after a fire broke out earlier this week.
Two engines from Selby and one from York were called out to deal with the blaze at a barn conversion in Hemingbrough on Monday evening.
Lee Adkin, from Selby Bluewatch, says that these incidents are rare but that those using this heating source should be aware of the dangers.
He said: “This incident in particular was a freak occurrence really.
“But we are noticing quite a few more people are using this method of heating so we’d warn them all to ensure they are installed correctly.”
Wood burners are seen as a cheaper alternative to gas heating and have proved popular in recent years as energy firms’ prices have risen.
The fire on Monday night occurred at the Hollies in Main Street at around 5.40pm, and crews remained there until 9.30pm once they had ensured the fire had not spread to adjacent properties.
Lee said that the mother and daughter inside the property had done the correct thing by immediately leaving once the fire had started.
“When we arrived the mother and daughter inside the property had done the correct thing.
“They had got out immediately and hadn’t stopped to take any possessions.” The damage to the property is described as “repairable” and Lee says that it is important to maintain woodburners.
He added: “It’s just like a boiler. It’s a specialist job and it (wood burner) needs to be well-maintained and swept regularly.”
* Meanwhile, special firemen calendars remain on sale at the Selby Times offices and are now half price.
Priced at just £5, the crew are looking to raise as much money as possible for MacMillan by shifting the remaining calendars before the end of January. Pictures: Gary Foster
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