When was the last time your home’s chimney was cleaned?

McKINNEY, Texas (Nov. 18, 2019) – The McKinney Fire Department (MFD) responded to a structure fire at a townhouse on McCarley Place today at 2:50 a.m. and found fire coming out of the roof. The residents of that townhouse and surrounding units were evacuated safely. A woman who lived in the townhouse said there was a fire in the fireplace that evening. She also said the chimney had not been cleaned in 20 years. The fire did extensive damage before being extinguished and the Red Cross is helping the residents find a new place to stay.


Signs of a chimney fire include:

  • loud cracking, popping and even roaring noises
  • dense smoke
  • an intense, hot smell

“Home chimneys need regular inspections and cleaning. If you use your fireplace a lot, we highly recommend yearly visits,” said McKinney Fire Marshal Mike Smith. “If you think you have a chimney fire, get everyone out of the home and call 911.”


More safety information can be located at www.mckinneyfire.org or www.nfpa.org.


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About McKinney
McKinney, Texas, is unique by nature. As one of the fastest growing cities in America, McKinney has a current population of nearly 190,000 and serves as the county seat for Collin County. McKinney offers award-winning schools, a vibrant historic downtown and cultural district, diverse housing options, a trendy culinary scene, and a uniquely beautiful natural setting with rolling hills and lush trees. The city is home to the top-rated McKinney National Airport and serves as the headquarters to many Fortune 500 companies and a burgeoning set of cutting-edge technology companies. McKinney offers the perfect mix for successful business development: a highly educated workforce, availability of land for expansion, convenient location to the DFW area and a nationally-acclaimed quality of life. To learn more about the City of McKinney, visit www.mckinneytexas.org



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Office:  972-547-2893

Cell:  469-562-3353

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