Tasmania Fire Service have issued a warning to home owners after a wood heater flue caught alight, damaging a home at Lorinna.
Fire crews from Railton, Sheffield, Mole Creek and Wilmot were called to fire in the former Lorinna General Store about 1.40am Tuesday.
The occupants of the home were woken by a loud noise and called TFS.
Fire investigators have determined the cause of the fire was a build-up of soot and other residue in the wood heater flue.
"Now is the time of year that people must ensure chimneys and heater flues are cleaned and maintained, before they are used more over the cooler months," fire investigator Shayne Andrews said.
"Smoke alarms should also be installed in every sleeping area, hallway and at the top of stairwells so everyone in the house can be alerted to fires in the home as early as possible."
The damage is estimated at $10,000.
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