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Tumble Dryer Causes Trentham Garage Fire

24/09/2012

Firefighters from Longton and Cheadle were called to a severe garage fire on Monkleigh Close in Trentham at 4.50pm yesterday.

"A number of people do use garages or an outbuilding as utility areas which is fine to do but the same advice still applies not to leave appliances that generate heatĀ unattended."

Group Manager, Brian Griffiths

On arrival, they found the house occupants waiting outside and a severe fire in progress involving a detached garage.

Three hose reel jets were used to bring the fire under control, which is believed to have started due to an electrical fault in a tumble dryer.

Group Manager, Brian Griffiths said: "The occupants used the garage as a utility area, there was a tumble dyer and freezer in there. They had left the garage door open so they could see the dryer from the house which is how they spotted the fire in the early stages and immediately alerted us.

"The garage is detached some distance from the house however the blaze was so fierce that some of the house windows have cracked from heat damage. The garage and its contents have been completely destroyed.

"The occupants had some the right thing by calling us and evacuating as a precaution, there was no evidence to suggest that there was a build up off fluff in the dryer which is quite often the case with tumble dryer fires, so it would appear it was an electrical fault within the dryer which triggered the blaze.

"A number of people do use garages or an outbuilding as utility areas which is fine to do but the same advice still applies not to leave appliances that generate heatĀ  unattended. Luckily the occupants had put the tumble dryer on in the day and made sure they could see it, just in case, which on this occasion proved beneficial.

"Had this been an incident overnight or if they had left the tumble dryer on and gone out, the fire could have spread and caused much more damage. Unfortunately the garage has been destroyed however more importantly no one was injured."

Newcastle firefighters also attended a tumble dryer fire on St Thomas Place in Penkhull on Friday. In that incident however the elderly female occupier had put her tumble dryer on and then gone out.

Smoke alarms alerted a lifeline system and firefighters had to force entry to tackle the fire.

This week is National Electrical Fire Safety week, visit http://www.esc.org.uk for more information.