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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Tumble Dryer Fire in Rugeley

31/01/2011

Two crews from Rugeley were called to a tumble dryer fire in a detached property on Boxer Close in Handsacre, Rugeley at 12.25pm today.

"The occupants were very lucky that they were home and that one of them smelt burning, as the property had no smoke alarms fitted on the ground floor."

Station Manager, Carl Mason

On arrival, they found two females waiting outside with two pet dogs who told firefighters that the tumble dryer had caught fire.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the property and used two hose reel jets to extinguish the fire, which had been contained to the utility room due to the homeowner closing the door before evacuating.

Station Manager, Carl Mason said: "The occupants were very lucky that they were home and that one of them smelt burning, as the property had no smoke alarms fitted on the ground floor. The tumble dryer had accidentally set on fire and was well alight when firefighters entered the premises.

"The homeowner did the right thing by calling us, closing to door to the utility room and safely evacuating the property however the fire has destroyed the tumble dryer and there has been some smoke damage throughout the property.

"We would urge everyone to ensure they have properly fitted and working smoke alarms on all levels of their home. Crews spent some time fitting smoke alarms in this property and carrying out a free home fire risk check. Anyone who hasn’t had their free home fire risk check can book one now by calling 0800 0241 999."

One of the women received a precautionary check from on scene paramedics however did not require any hospital treatment.

Crews left the scene at 2.45pm.