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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Tumble Dryer Fire

27/01/2011

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is warning people to take extra care when using tumble dryers following an incident that they attended this afternoon involving a tumble dryer.

"We would encourage people to switch off all electrical appliances when vacating the house and during the night to reduce the risk of fire in the home."

Station Manager Andy Kinsman

The call was received just before 2:30pm reporting a fire at a property on Handley Street in Packmoor. Fire and rescue crews from Sandyford and Biddulph attended the incident which involved a tumble dryer that had caught fire in a downstairs washroom.

The fire had started due to a build up of fluff in the dryer. Fortunately the occupant was in when the fire started and therefore alerted the fire service.

Station Manager Andy Kinsman said: "Occupants are advised to use tumble dryers and washing machines when they can be supervised. Ideally they should not be switched on and left to run overnight whilst people are sleeping. We would encourage people to switch off all electrical appliances when vacating the house and during the night to reduce the risk of fire in the home."

Firefighters left the scene at 3:15pm.