Our home fireplace emits a 'smokey / ashes' smell when it rains outside, even though the fireplace itself is dry inside, shows no leakage, and has not had a fire in it for several weeks. The ash trap and fireplace are both clean - no ashes in either, yet it smells of ashes and smoke. My fireplace is a standard home fireplace - house was built in the 70's.
What could be the cause of the smokey / ashes smell?
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