The fire and rescue service responded to an incident in the early hours of this morning.

Shortly before 5am, three major appliances from Douglas Station arrived at a property on Ballaquayle Road, Douglas, following reports of an explosion and fire.

When the first crew arrived they quickly discovered the cause to be a chimenea at the rear of the property and the reported explosion to be due to aerosol containers found within.

No damage was caused to the nearby property.

A chimenea is a freestanding front-loading fireplace or oven with a bulbous body and usually a vertical smoke vent or chimney.

They are becoming more popular and they are generally safe.

As a result of the incident, the fire service has issued some general safety tips:

  • Never use flammable liquids to start a fire.
  • Use small kindling to start and slowly add larger wood.
  • Only burn wood or the reccommended fuel, not household waste.
  • Build your fire from scratch so you know what it contains.
  • Keep fires small and manageable.
  • Ensure the chimenea is stable and positioned well away from combustible materials.
  • Never leave it unattended.
  • Have a safe set up - place your chimenea away from decking, structures, bushes and trees.
  • Have some water nearby just in case.