Fire and rescue crews from Burton attended a fire at a laundrette on Monday evening in Burton on Trent.
“We would encourage people to switch off all electrical appliances when vacating properties and during the night to reduce the risk of fire."
The call was received at 7pm reporting a fire involving a tumble dryer at a laundrette on Uxbridge Street.
Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used one hose reel jet to tackle the blaze which was situated on the ground floor of the building. Four flats above the laundrette became smoke logged and were evacuated by firefighters. Fortunately all four flats were fitted with working smoke alarms which alerted the occupants to the fire.
Station Manager Paul Richins said “Tumble dryers should not be switched on and left unattended. The filters should be checked regularly to ensure they are not blocked, the correct cycle time should be selected and an appropriate service should be carried out as required by the manufacturer.
“We would encourage people to switch off all electrical appliances when vacating properties and during the night to reduce the risk of fire. This incident also highlights the importance of having a working smoke alarm. If you do not have a working smoke alarm please call 0800 0241 999 to book a free home fire risk check.
The incident was closed at around 9pm.