Newspaper is a great fire starter for the fireplace, but it can burn up in a flash if you just crumple it up. Take a section of the newspaper and soak it in a sink full of water. Squish the whole paper with your hands and roll it into a "log" and squeeze out the excess water. Let it dry in a warm spot -- near a radiator for example -- until it's completely dry. Light it in the fireplace and it will burn very slowly to help get your fire roaring in no time.