What to do if you have a Chimney Fire

What to do if you have a Chimney Fire

At Chimney Sweep Minneapolis safety is our first priority and while it is our hope that none of our customers experiences a chimney fire it is always best to be prepared. To help keep our customers safe we offer a special discounted twice a year chimney and fireplace inspection as well as return customer discounts. If I chimney fire occurs it is important not to panic and to follow the steps listed below:

Safety First

Safety is always first, if you suspect or become aware of a chimney fire make sure everyone (including pets) exit the building and call 911.

If you have evaluated the situation and feel you can put out the chimney fire yourself, put on safety equipment including a mask, eye protection, and heat-proof gloves. Please do not cancel the 911 call it is always best to have the fire department come out and assess the situation to ensure that the fire is completely out before having your family go back inside.

Close Openings

Close the damper on the chimney and any other openings into the fireplace; this will deprive the fire of oxygen and help to smother it. Closing the damper will help to put out small fires and to help lessen the flames of larger fires.

Extinguish the Fire in the Grate

For safety, you should always keep a bucket of sand next to your fireplace at all times. In the case of a chimney fire pour a generous amount of sand onto the fire to help starve the fire of oxygen.

Fire Extinguisher

To err on the side of caution, you may want to use a fire extinguisher to put out the fire in the grate as well. Fire extinguishers can create a gigantic mess to it is crucial to direct the nozzle towards the grate and spray in small bursts. Don’t stand too close when using a fire extinguisher because the pressure from the spray can cause embers to fly into the air and potentially catch interior items on fire.


Once you have extinguished the fire in the grate, you can take a garden hose and spray water on the roof and around the chimney to help prevent the roof from catching on fire. It is important not to use too much water as it can damage the flue liner.


Once the fire is completely extinguished, and it is safe to return inside the building, it is essential to monitor the temperature of the walls surrounding the fireplace and chimney to ensure that no other part of the building catches on fire.

Call Chimney Sweep Minneapolis

If you have a chimney fire, it is essential to call an expert to come out and inspect the fireplace and chimney to determine what caused the fire. Not only will Chimney Sweep Minneapolis determine what caused the fire we will also inspect to make sure there is no structural damage as well as clean the fireplace and chimney.

It is always important to make sure you have your chimney and fireplace cleaned and inspected to ensure the safety of your family and your home. A clean chimney will not catch on fire and cause damage to your house or harm to your family. Call Chimney Sweep Minneapolis today at (952) 234-8777 and speak with one of our expert staff or visit our website at www.chimneysweepminnesota.com to schedule your appointment. It is always better to be safe than sorry.