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TN Fireplace & Chimney provides fall safety tips ahead of National Fire Prevention Week

KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Sept. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — TN Fireplace & Chimney, East Tennessee’s leading chimney care company and a proud supporter of Tennessee football, is speaking out on fall fireplace safety ahead of the National Fire Protection Association’s National Fire Prevention Week, which will be held Oct. 4-10.

“Obstructions and damaged equipment are leading factors in many chimney fires,” said Josh Cate, owner of TN Fireplace & Chimney. “Performance issues like smoke, a lack of ventilation or reduced heat output often indicate a serious safety risk. But most chimney fires are preventable, and a regular maintenance schedule will help homeowners keep their fireplace or stove running efficiently and safely.”

Cate and the TN Fireplace & Chimney team recommend the following safety tips for families planning to use fireplaces or stoves this year:

  • Burn only dry, seasoned firewood: Green, freshly cut wood is hard to ignite, smolders and
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    Best fire pits for 2020: BioLite, Solo Stove, Tiki and more


    Life may be full of stress these days, but you’d be surprised by the things you can do to blow off a little steam. One surefire way is to take daily walks. Another is to unwind in front of a crackling campfire. You don’t need to hike into the woods to enjoy this cozy orange glow. Nor do you need to build a permanent fire pit from heavy materials like stones or bricks. Instead, get a fire pit that’s portable. These products are sold by lots of retailers, including Lowe’s, Amazon and Home Depot. Plus, many fire pit manufacturers sell their wares directly.


    These transportable fireplaces range widely in price, size and weight. There are inexpensive $60 models and high-performance pits that’ll set you back as much as $350. You can even spend $1,500 or more on fancy propane-burning fire pits. 

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    Shooters Open Fire On Home Of New Jersey Police Officers In ‘Targeted Attack,’ Chief Says

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    At least one gunman attacked the home of two Camden County, New Jersey police officers and their 10-day old infant earlier this week in what the police chief has since labeled a “targeted attack,” which came days after two Los Angeles deputy sheriffs were ambushed by gunfire in their vehicles. 

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    The officers and their baby were not injured in the Tuesday attack, Camden Police Chief Joseph Wysocki said at a Thursday press conference. 

    Investigators believe two suspects, driven by a third, pulled up outside the officers’ Camden County home before midnight on Tuesday and sprayed bullets, with at least two piercing the front door.  

    “I do know that this was a targeted attack against this residence and the officers inside,” said Wysocki, who described the couple as “two really good officers” who were “constantly interacting with members

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    Suspects open fire on home of New Jersey police officers and newborn baby; reward offered

    CAMDEN, N.J. – Assailants opened fire on the home of two Camden County Police officers Tuesday night, with two bullets piercing the front door of the couple’s East Camden residence, authorities disclosed Thursday.

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    a car parked on the side of a road: A CamdenCounty Police car is posted Thursday near the scene of a shooting on the 2900 block of Clinton Street.


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    The officers and their 10-day-old baby escaped injury during the late-night attack, said Camden County Police Chief Joseph Wysocki.

    “It shocks the conscience that this occurred,” Wysocki said at a press conference.

    “I don’t know why they were targeted,” he added, describing the unnamed couple as “two really good officers assigned to our Neighborhood Response Team.”

    “They’re constantly interacting with members of the community,” he said. “We’re looking into every arrest that they have had. We’re not going to

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    Timber REITs: Literally On Fire

    REIT Rankings: Timber REITs

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    Timber REIT Sector Overview

    Timber REITs have figuratively and literally been “on fire” over the last six months, reignited by a rejuvenation in the suddenly red-hot U.S. housing market, which has been perhaps the most powerful force behind the early post-pandemic economic recovery. In the Hoya Capital Timber REIT Index, we track the four timber REITs which account for roughly $30 billion in market value: Weyerhaeuser (WY), Rayonier (RYN), PotlatchDeltic (PCH), and CatchMark Timber (CTT). Timber REITs own nearly 30 million acres of US timberlands, more land than the smallest five states in the US combined.

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    Primarily concentrated in the Pacific Northwest and the Southern US, there are roughly 200 million acres of commercially-forested timberlands in the United States. An old forestry maxim is “the forest that pays, stays.” Timber REITs are among the leaders in

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    Pleasant Valley Free Library hopes to expand, renovate after fire

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    Multiple agencies responded to a fire at Pleasant Valley Library Tuesday.

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    The expansion and renovation of the Pleasant Valley Free Library is expected to break ground two years after a basement fire ravaged the building. 

    The fire reached up to the third floor on Nov. 6, 2018. However, the library’s building has since been declared as structurally sound, said Joy Dyson, board of trustees president.

    “We’ve received our insurance money from the fire, and the board decided to rebuild in the location,” Dyson said. “Because of the fire, we have to meet all ADA standards for current 21st century requirements.”

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    The best fire pits for 2020: Solo Stove, Tiki, Garden Treasures and more

    Times are stressful but there are surprising things you can do to help you unplug and recharge. For example, you can take daily walks or relax before a crackling campfire. You don’t need to hike into the woods to enjoy this cozy orange glow. Neither do you need to build a permanent fire pit from heavy materials like stones or bricks. Instead get a fire pit that’s portable. These products are sold by lots of retailers, including Lowe’s, Amazon and Home Depot. Plus many fire pit manufacturers sell their wares directly.  

    These transportable fireplaces range widely in price, size and weight. There are inexpensive $60 models and high-performance pits that’ll set you back as much as $350. You can even spend $1,500 or more on fancy propane-burning fire pits. 

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    New York authorities found materials that could be used to make explosives in a Queens home following a fire

    Materials that could be used to make explosives were found in a Queens home after a fire was reported in part of the house Tuesday, authorities said.



    a truck that is driving down the street: Authorities are investigating after materials that could be used to make explosives were found in a Queens home.


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    Authorities are investigating after materials that could be used to make explosives were found in a Queens home.

    The property’s landlord found items that raised concern after the fire in the downstairs portion of the residence was extinguished, deputy commissioner of intelligence and counterterrorism for the New York Police Department said.

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    Investigators discovered books on military explosives and boobytraps in the home, as well as chemicals and some written material, Miller said.

    The individual who lives in the residence was described as “distraught” and was taken to a local hospital for observation, Miller said. He could face charges.

    “Right now he is a patient in a hospital as an emotionally disturbed person,” Miller said. “While we continue this investigation,

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    Possible Bomb-Making Materials Found at Queens Home After Fire: Police Sources

    Chemicals that could possibly be used to make explosives were found inside a Queens home Tuesday night, hours after a fire broke out at the address, law enforcement officials said.



    a traffic light sitting on the side of a road: Chemicals that could possibly be used to make explosives were found inside a Queens home Tuesday night, hours after a fire broke out at the address, law enforcement officials said


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    Chemicals that could possibly be used to make explosives were found inside a Queens home Tuesday night, hours after a fire broke out at the address, law enforcement officials said


    Earlier in the afternoon, a man at the Astoria address was taken to the hospital with burns on his hands as a result of the blaze, according to police. As police and fire officials were at the scene, the landlord of the building flagged down firefighters to take a look inside some boxes inside the man’s home, a police source told NBC New York.

    As much as 40 pounds of potassium nitrate was found at the home, a senior law enforcement official said,

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    Arson suspected in fire at St. Paul ‘nightmare’ house where man was fatally shot a day earlier

    A suspicious fire struck a home Sunday where a man was shot to death a day earlier in St. Paul, authorities said.

    The blaze at the residence in the 800 block of E. Lawson Avenue, which has drawn a substantial amount of police attention this year, was being investigated as a possible arson, Fire Department personnel at the scene said.

    A 37-year-old man showed up at the home about 2:20 a.m. Sunday while intoxicated and “attempted to enter the crime scene that was protected by crime scene tape and monitored by officers,” said Police Sgt. Mike Ernster.

    The man was told by police to leave, but he sat down on the drive and defied the officers’ orders, Ernster said. Police arrested him and booked him in jail on suspicion of obstructing the legal process, a misdemeanor.

    Police left the scene about 9 a.m. only to return about two hours with

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