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Fire crews searched for chimney owner, respond to collisions

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Estevan fire crews responded to several calls over the past few days.

ESTEVAN - Estevan Fire Rescue Service members attended two collision scenes late last week and also were called to assist residents.

Thursday evening, fire crews were dispatched to the central area of the city to a two-vehicle collision. The Estevan Police Service (EPS) was already on scene. Nobody was hurt, the vehicles sustained minor damage and were still drivable. The site was turned back over to EPS to investigate the cause of the collision.

On Friday at about 7 p.m. firefighters were called to another accident that occurred in the northeast area of Estevan. This time there were injuries reported. EPS was working on the scene, establishing traffic control. Estevan EMS was also working at the location, treating the injuries.

"We assisted with traffic control, zeroed the vehicles and did fluid cleanups and debris removal. Once the scene was deemed safe, we turned it back over to EPS to continue to investigate the cause of the collision," said Estevan Fire Chief Dale Feser.

On Saturday the fire station received a public inquiry call. A service club located in the central area of the city reported that they had a chimney that landed in their parking lot after the strong winds Estevan experienced earlier last week. They didn't know where it came from.

Firefighters couldn't find the owner of the chimney, and Feser reminded the public to always check their property after windstorms.

"Something to always be cognitive of is when we do experience severe weather like that, you definitely want to make sure that you are doing a damage assessment on not only your home but also the businesses and other occupancies that you may be around. If you do find that chimneys have been displaced or there is any other damage to chimneys … you want to make sure that you're calling a plumbing and heating contractor as soon as possible to get that fixed.

"This is a crucial component to gas-fired appliances to allow all the flue gases to escape the occupancy. Without that in place, your chances of carbon monoxide exposure … increase drastically. So you always want to make sure that those are in place and functional," Feser said.