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Sherman firefighters issue reminder of safe chimney usage

Sherman Volunteer Fire Department is cautioning that with the weather getting colder, people are lighting their fireplaces for the first time this season.  According to the latest statistics available, there are over 25,000 chimney fires per year in the US that are responsible for over 125 million dollars in property damage. Every year the Sherman Department responds to a few and last night held a training drill for a realistic skills practice on dealing with a chimney fire.  Fire officials recommend getting home chimneys professionally cleaned annually and, only burn clean hardwoods to reduce creosote.