Chimney fire damages South Bend house

A recent chimney fire in South Bend serves a reminder that before you fire up your fireplace you may need to have yours cleaned.

Around 8-30 Saturday morning South Bend firefighters were called out to a house on Oak Park Drive.

They say a fire started when bird nests buried in between the chimney and the house eventually caught on fire.

The homeowner, Diana Wassenhove, says she had been getting her chimney cleaned regularly.

Experts say it's best to get your chimney swept about every two years.

“If you have birds making nests up there they are bringing things in and they are dropping it in there and trying to get out of the cold and make a nest and that's what caught on fire,” says Wassenhove.

If you don't know if your chimney needs to be cleaned, Jim Rekos from Chimney's Plus, says to take a flash light and see how much ash has built up.

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