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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Tumble Dryer Starts Butt Lane House Fire

24/02/2012

A tumble dryer has been identified as the cause of a fire in Kidsgrove yesterday which hospitalised a couple in their 60s.

"We would urge people to ensure electrical appliances are kept in good working order and tumble dryers need to have any lint build up removed before each use."

Fire Investigation Officer, Kelvin Knapper

Crews from Kidsgrove, Sandyford and Burslem were called to a semi-detached house on Mitchell Drive, Butt Lane at just after 2.00pm yesterday. Six people called to report the fire.

On arrival, they found the couple already waiting outside however the fire had spread from the utility room to the kitchen and also the conservatory roof.

Two hose reel jets were used to tackle the fire and the man and woman were taken to hospital for precautionary checks.

Fire Investigation Officer, Kelvin Knapper said: "Following a fire investigation we have established that the fire started in the tumble dryer and then spread.

"We would urge people to ensure electrical appliances are kept in good working order and tumble dryers need to have any lint build up removed before each use.

"The property did have working smoke alarms and the occupiers had done the right thing by evacuating as soon as they realised they was a fire and calling the fire service immediately."

Crews left the scene at 5.55pm last night. They returned to re-inspect at 8.15pm and left again at 8.30pm.