While inspecting the fireplace this is what I will be looking for. I will inspect all readily accessible and visible parts of fireplaces and chimneys this includes lintels above the fireplace openings.
I will inspect the damper doors if operable and accessible. I will check the clean out doors and their frames. I will identify what type of fireplace. I will report on any defect I may discover including a missing smoke detector in the same room as the fireplace.