STAMFORD - Fire officials say a woodstove may be connected to Sunday night’s house fire on High Ridge Road in Stamford.

Sam Halsey, who has been selling firewood at Yankee Doodle Stove & Fireplace Center in Wilton for over 40 years, says consumers must follow the manufacturer's advice on how far a woodstove should sit from the wall.

"You think ashes are dead but are they really? No! They're often still live embers in there and they can last for a day or two. That's why we do recommend a metal container with a double bottom," says Halsey.

He says ashes and woodstoves should be placed on noncombustible material, like tiles or slate, to prevent fires. Halsey also recommends using a moisture meter to test dryness of the wood being burned.

"Wet wood causes a lot of creo soot to be built up in the chimney and having creo soot - that is flammable - which then can cause a chimney fire," he says. Wood should have a moisture reading below 15 percent.

Halsey says pretreating the wood with anti-creo soot chemicals to prevent buildup is also important, as are regular chimney inspections.