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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Tumble Dryer Fire

29/04/2014

Firefighters are warning people to store and maintain tumble dryers correctly after a fire caused significant damage to a property last night.

“We urge members of the public to ensure that they properly maintain their tumble dryers by regularly cleaning the filters and making sure that the vents are clear. All appliances should always be correctly installed.”

Station Manager Brian Griffiths

Fire crews from Kidsgrove and Sandyford attended the incident at 6.16pm on Vine Bank in Kidsgrove.

Upon arrival firefighters discovered a fire in a shed which had spread to a house causing severe fire damage to the doors and windows of the property and smoke damage to the inside.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus tackled the fire using one hose reel jet. They remained at the scene for approximately two hours.

The fire had started due to a tumble dryer that had been left on and overheated.

Station Manager Brian Griffiths said: “Due to the severe fire damage it was difficult to identify if it was a build-up of fluff in the filters, or papers and magazines that were stored on top of the dryer that ignited first.  Either way it was due to lack of ventilation, and poor maintenance of the appliance.

“We urge members of the public to ensure that they properly maintain their tumble dryers by regularly cleaning the filters and making sure that the vents are clear. All appliances should always be correctly installed.”

Firefighters left the scene at 8.30pm.