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Fall City firefighters extinguish a chimney fire that sparked up in a home at 334th Pl. S.E. in Fall City. Resident Charlotte Noel said she did everything to slow the blaze, and praised firefighters for their quick reaction. Besides snapping shots of the action, she sent out a reminder to residents to clean their chimneys after a long, cold winter and a prolonged burning season. “This winter’s weather was held at bay for many families by use of firewood,” Noel said. “Chimneys worked overtime to keep the comfort of warmth filling homes during those blustery cold days. This left few days, if any, to inspect chimneys and surrounding areas, which may have left blockage or damage to go unnoticed.” “Keep your family safe through the years by keeping everyone aware of dangers and have a plan,” Noel said. She urges residents to use seasoned wood, never garbage, plastic, or other items that flame quickly; install a stove pipe thermometer; and last, but not least, have chimneys inspected and cleaned on a regular basis. • The Valley Record welcomes photos from our readers. To submit a photo, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Photos should be at least 180 dpi and, if possible, come in a larger file size (above 100K). Include information about where you’re from, where the photo was taken, and why it caught your eye.