R's flat had an open fireplace and we used to buy wood from from a wood merchant in Inkerman Road. Before we left the flat, R had a gas heater installed in the fireplace. We no longer polluted the skies with smoke from wood. By then most other people had switched from heating with an open wood or coal burning fireplace to oil heaters to gas heaters.
I was amused to see smoke rising from this chimney a week or so ago. You just don't see open fires burning anymore. Maybe the owners were planning a 'night in' without children around. As well as not seeing open fires, you do not see smoke like you used to. Imagine every house in this photo sending up smoke from the chimney. The air was often heavily polluted and very unpleasant. Traffic exhaust fumes may be less visible but probably worse for you. If we have advanced little in our progress to a greener Australia, getting rid of wood and coal burning fires along with rubbish being burnt in back yard incinerators and autumn leaves being burnt in gutters has been a significant achievement.