It could have been worse. A chimney fire in Richville was caught before it could spread to the home.
Richville firefighters spent about 45 minutes venting a chimney fire at 95 Main Street.
Fire Chief Mark Shipee said the homeowner smelled the fire and called it in at 9:20 a.m. Wednesday.
If he hadn't been home at the time, they could have had a house fire on their hands.
DeKalb Junction and Gouverneur Rescue also responded.