It is a wonder that this home did not burn down previously. The fireplace was adorned with highly flammable wood panels surrounding the fireplace as well as in and around the firebox. You can see in the picture where some of these areas had previously caught fire.
Heartland installed an energy efficient airtight wood fireplace insert and framed it with marble... very fireproof by the way. Many visitors commented on the brilliant ambiance and radiant heat generated from this fireplace that welcomed them as they entered the home.