Fire and rescue crews from Newcastle and Burslem attended a house fire earlier this morning in Bradwell.
"The electrical safety devices in the property did not appear to have worked correctly, we would urge all occupiers to have their electrical circuits and safety devices checked regularly by a qualified electrician.”
The call was received at 8.40am reporting a house fire in Hillport Avenue in Bradwell. Firefighters arrived at the property to find a tumble dryer in the downstairs kitchen well alight.
The fire had started due to the tumble dryer being overloaded with clothes which caused them to overheat and ignite inside the drum.
Assistant Area Commander for Newcastle, Mick Daniels said: “The property was not fitted with smoke alarms; therefore, the fire could have been far more serious if it had happened during the night whilst the occupants were sleeping. There‘s no excuse for people not to have working smoke alarms when we fit them for free.
“We would urge people not to leave tumble dryers or washing machines turned on when they leave the house. These appliances should be supervised at all times. It is also important that filters are regularly cleaned out to prevent a build up of fluff and that the appliances are not overloaded. The electrical safety devices in the property did not appear to have worked correctly, we would urge all occupiers to have their electrical circuits and safety devices checked regularly by a qualified electrician.”
Fortunately there was nobody inside the house when the fire started. The ground floor of the property has been severely damaged by smoke and is inhabitable.
Firefighters left the scene at 10.15am.