After a string of four fires in two days in the city, Newport Beach firefighters are reminding the public to check and maintain fireplace equipment and chimneys.
In a span of 48 hours on the New Year's Day weekend, Newport Beach firefighters extinguished four house fires. All were apparently caused by residents misusing their fireplaces and chimneys, or because of faulty equipment.
Officials received two fire calls at 10:09 a.m. Saturday. One on King's Road started in several parts of the home's walls after a resident started a fire in the fireplace. The blaze caused $300,000 in damage.