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Chimney clean plea after 10 fires

Fire bosses said chimneys should be regularly inspected

People in Cornwall are being told to make sure chimneys are safe to have fires after the fire brigade was called to "numerous incidents" over Christmas.

Fire crews were called out 10 times to chimney fires over four days.

The call-outs included two on Christmas Eve, three on Christmas Day, two on Boxing Day and three on 27 December.

The brigade and Cornwall County Council said such fires were preventable and regular inspections and cleaning would reduce the likelihood of them starting.

The council said: "Regular inspection and cleaning of chimney flues will help prevent fires within chimneys.

"Have your chimney swept by a competent chimney sweep at least once a year, preferably before you light the fire for the first time in the autumn."

The brigade said it was called to more than 240 chimney fires in 2007.

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