McKINNEY, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – A fire that started in the chimney of a McKinney townhouse resulted in a two-alarm fire that caused extensive damage, the McKinney Fire Department said Monday.
It happened at a townhouse on McCarley Place around 2:50 a.m. Monday.READ MORE: Governor Abbott Proposes Parental Bill of Rights As Part of Re-Election Campaign
When firefighters got there flames were coming out of the roof.
Residents of that townhouse and surrounding units were evacuated safely.
A woman who lived in the townhouse told fire investigators there was a fire in the fireplace that evening. She also said the chimney had not been cleaned in 20 years.READ MORE: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton Refuses To Hand Over January 6 Records
The fire did significant damage before being put out.
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 and an intense, hot smell, the fire department said in a news release.MORE NEWS: Dallas ISD: A Lot Involved In Keeping Doors Open During COVID-19 Surge
“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.”