Kent Fire and Rescue Service responded to a chimney fire in Henwood Green Road, Pembury at 11.17pm. The fire was caused by a large build up of nesting material above the register plate in the hearth. A chimney register plate is used to block the opening of a chimney, but allows the flue pipe to pass through into the chimney or into a chimney flue liner.
Firefighters used a thermal imaging camera, a stirrup pump, chimney gear and small tools to tackle the fire and advised the resident to get the chimney swept and inspected.
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