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THERE has been a rise in chimney fires across West Sussex.

The county’s fire and rescue service was called to nine separate incidents over the weekend and is warning that it’s vital to sweep fires and chimneys every winter before they are used.

Jackie Boyle, from the service, said: ‘We all know the weather has been miserable of late so it’s only natural that people are turning to open fires to keep warm and cosy, but if basic safety precautions aren’t followed they can become a serious fire hazard.’

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