Riverhead firefighters were called twice to a Main Road home in Aquebogue Monday morning to extinguish a chimney fire.
No injuries were reported.
Firefighters were first called to the Hubbard family home just east of Edgar Avenue, about 5 a.m. and put out the blaze. They were called back after 8 a.m. and were still on the scene as of 10 a.m.
Riverhead Fire Chief Nick Luparella said the fire started in the chimney and the residents had lit a fire in the fireplace.
Riverhead Fire Marshal Dave Andruskiewicz said the blaze was caused by a buildup of creosote in the flue. He said embers likely smoldered in small cracks in the chimney, which cause the fire to flare up again.
He recommended having a chimney inspection at least once a year to prevent fires. “You avoid and minimize the damage as much as possible,” he said.