Oak Bluffs firefighters responded to a chimney fire at 14 Central Avenue in the downtown business district Tuesday afternoon, January 21.
According to fire Chief Peter Forend, the homeowner was burning wood in a stove with an unlined chimney. He said creosote inside the chimney caught fire.
The flames spread briefly to an upstairs room. The homeowner put the flames out with a fire extinguisher.
Creosote is a byproduct of burning wood, and can build up inside a chimney where it becomes a dangerous fire hazard.
“It’s a common fire for us this time of year,” Chief Forend said. “People should clean their chimneys at least annually, and make sure they are using seasoned wood in wood stoves.”