Thatcham household's lucky escape after chimney fire
Regular chimney sweeping advised as safety measure
FIREFIGHTERS battled a chimney fire for five hours at a detached house in Thatcham on Tuesday (Jan 26).
Two pumps were called at 10.30am to the property in Henwick Lane, where smoke was discovered billowing from the chimney pot.
Firefighters removed burnt wood from the fireplace, before extinguishing the blaze, after they had rodded the chimney with specialist equipment.
Two adults evacuated the property before firefighters arrived.
No-one was hurt.
Firefighters left the scene at 3.30pm, before returning to the scene at 8pm to make a further inspection.
Firefighters afterwards issued safety advice to the general public on the importance of having chimneys regularly swept.