Fire Chief warns about chimney fires

Barriere Fire Chief Al Kirkwood is warning residents to get their chimney checked at this time of year

Barriere Fire Chief Al Kirkwood is warning residents to get their chimney checked at this time of year, as he reports a call out to a chimney fire on Nov. 3, at a Gibbs Road property.

He also notes the department was called out Nov. 4, to a fire caused by a hot water tank, that developed into a structure fire on Birch Lane. Firemen quickly doused the flames, but heat had melted the home’s water connection so public works was contacted to turn of the water.   RCMP and BC Ambulance also responded to the call out. Estimated damage to the home was thought to be approximately $30,000.

The Chief noted that their is a certified person in Barriere who can inspect residents chimneys; Mel Schmidt.

He also says that at this time he is not aware of a chimney cleaning service in the community, and perhaps that might be an opportunity for someone to start their own business.

The Barriere Fire Department currently has 14 firefighters on staff, but the Chief notes, “We can always use more.  Applicants must be at least 16 years old;  it’s rewarding to work for your community.”