2010 Dryer Fire Stories Summarized
You only have to watch the news to truly understand the importance of dryer safety. The recent article summaries below are gathered from across the nation as information updates on the urgency of this problem.
EL DORADO, KS -
A late morning fire Tuesday caused about $15,000 damage to a house on North Ohio. The El Dorado Fire Department received
a call at 11:45 a.m. Upon arrival, the fire was already coming out the back window. Firefighters
had it under in just a couple of minutes, said Capt. Ricke Whiteside. It is believed
the fire was caused by a dryer. There was extensive damage to one part of the
house and smoke to the rest. “The utility room is pretty well gutted,” Whiteside said. The renter was taken to the
hospital with difficulty breathing.
COOKEVILLE, TN -
Fire in a clothes dryer prompted the evacuation of all residents at a retirement home, according
to the Cookeville Fire Department. The fire was contained to the laundry area, and no one was injured, Cookeville Fire Department Lt.
Terry Priest said. He said total damage was estimated at $7,500. "The fire was inside the drum of a clothes dryer, and the smoke
set off a smoke alarm," Priest said.
HAMPTON, VA -
Four people were displaced after a house fire. The fire started around 2:30 p.m. The
fire started in the dryer in the back of the home, Hampton Fire Department spokesman Anthony Chittum said. When crews arrived,
the homeowners were trying to put out the fire with a garden hose. Chittum said the fire was declared under control in less than 10
WESTON, MA -
A dryer fire was reported at 41 Skating Pond Road yesterday around noon. The
mansion is owned by Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck, according to the town's street listing. Fire Chief David Soar said the fire
was put out in a couple of minutes, but firefighters remained there for about an hour airing out the house.
CHISAGO LAKES, MN -
A Chisago County woman suffered minor burns as fire destroyed her home Saturday evening. She had reported to authorities that the fire started when her
gas clothes dryer ignited, and the fire spread quickly throughout her house. After the fire call came in,
fire departments responded from Lindstrom, Center City, Shafer and Scandia. The Lake Region EMS ambulance service and Chisago County Sheriff's Office
TAMPA, FL -
Firefighters plucked a chihuahua named Smoky from a burning house Saturday evening and extinguished flames
that started with a clothes dryer. Tampa Fire Rescue said Herman Brown, 55, and his wife left a load of clothes in the running dryer when
they left their home. A neighbor later heard a noise and went to investigate with a friend. The two men saw smoke coming from Brown's
house and took a garden hose and tried to keep the flames at bay until Tampa Fire Rescue arrived. Firefighters, told that Smoky was inside,
found him unharmed in a closet. Investigators said the fire probably started with dryer lint buildup and caused $25,0000 in damage. Tampa
Fire investigators said Moore and Harris' actions probably saved the Browns' home and Smoky's life.
VALLEY STREAM, NY -
A family of three was left homeless after a fire, which started in the dryer, caused moderate damage to their home Thursday evening. The
Valley Stream Fire Department was called shortly after 5:45 p.m. and first arriving units found smoke and flames in the back of the house. Fire
Chief Joseph Fernandez said the fire took about 20 minutes to bring under control, and firefighters remained on the scene for a little more than an
hour. Fernandez said the fire started in a dryer and spread up a pipe chase to the second
floor. Fireighters had to rip out the walls of a closet in a second floor bedroom to extinguish the blaze. Flames also followed the
dryer vent to the back of the house.
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA -
A clothes dryer started a fire that consumed an apartment complex’s laundry
room. Firefighters responded to the Chartwell Apartments shortly after 3:30 p.m. to find the laundry room on fire,
said Battalion Chief Tim Riley, a spokesman for the Fire Department. They had the blaze under control within a half
hour, he said. The fire destroyed the laundry room, Riley said.
OREGON, OH -
A house fire that originated from the clothes dryer in the basement caused an undetermined
amount of damage to the Oregon home of a family of nine early Wednesday, Oregon Fire Chief Ed Ellis said. A child whose bedroom is
in the basement awoke to the smell of smoke and woke the rest of the family, who escaped before fire crews arrived. Damage was
contained to the basement, after the flames spread from the laundry apparatus to a nearby piece of furniture.
BUFFALO GROVE, IL -
A lint buildup in a dryer vent caused a crawl space fire inside a Buffalo Grove home late
Monday night. The fire in the 400 block of St. Mary's Parkway was put out by firefighters within seconds of their arrival about
11:30 p.m., according to the Buffalo Grove Fire Department.
NEWPORT NEWS, VA -
Two people were injured when fire swept through a Newport News home Tuesday morning. Firefighters also rescued the family
dog. Crews arrived and found smoke and flames coming from the back of the home. Those in the home got out; however,
one of the residents was taken to the hospital for treatment of an unspecified injury. A firefighter also was
injured. Investigators say the fire started in the dryer in the utility
AVON LAKE, OH -
A two-story home burned late Tuesday night after a fire ignited in a dryer around 10:30
p.m., according to the Avon Lake Fire Department. The occupants were all outside 161 Brookfield Road when the fire department
arrived. The fire started in the basement and extended to ducts, eventually reaching the attic. Damage to the home is
estimated at $30,000, according to the fire department. Avon and Sheffield Lake fire departments were called out for mutual aid.
CHAPIN, SC -
Lexington County fire officials are blaming a dryer for a fire that damaged a Chapin mobile home Thursday morning. Firefighters
were called around 8:45 a.m. When crews arrived, smoke and fire was coming from the home. &nbIt took firefighters 30 minutes to
bring the fire under control. Damages to the home are estimated at approximately $30K. Investigators say
a dryer left running in the laundry room sparked the fire.
RANCHO SANTA FE, CA -
Firefighters were able to quickly douse a blaze that erupted in a clothes dryer at a North
County home Wednesday afternoon. The appliance burst into flames at the residenceshortly before 3:30 p.m., said Julie Taber, a
spokeswoman for the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District. The fire caused an estimated $2,500 worth of damage.
WILLIAMSVILLE, NY -
Firefighters battled flames and the cold in Williamsville. Firefighters say a dryer fire
broke out on the second floor of a two family home on Cayuga Street. Crews knew they had to act quickly to contain the fire. No one was
hurt and there's no word on a damage estimate.
ZANESVILLE, OH —
The Zanesville Fire Department spent almost two hours at a home on Lake Drive Saturday evening, where fire extensively damaged the
home. Assistant Chief Dave Huey said the home was damaged because of a fire from lint
from a dryer in a the laundry room. The family of Gerald Fowler is being assisted by the American Red Cross, Huey
TONAWANDA, NY —
Tonawanda city firefighters quickly doused a fire that started inside a clothes dryer. City police
arrived at the site first and reported smoke coming from the structure. “There was heavy smoke rolling out of the house,” said
Assistant Fire Chief Joe Bacon. He said firefighters determined the smoke was coming from the dryer. When it was opened, flames leapt
from the appliance aided by the burst of oxygen. Firefighters from Sheridan Park in the Town of Tonawanda also responded to the scene while North
Tonawanda and Grand Island firefighters manned fire headquarters.
STAMFORD, CT —
South End units from Stamford Fire & Rescue quickly extinguished a fire Thursday afternoonthat apparently started
because of lint buildup in a dryer, according to a fire official. Capt. Bill Avalos, public information officer for SF&R, said the first
alarm came in at 11:45 a.m., and three engine companies, a truck company, a rescue company and a command unit were on the scene within minutes and responded
to the basement of the four-unit complex. "There was heavy lint build-up in the dryer vent, and that apparently caused the fire," Avalos
said. "The fire got into the wall a bit but stayed in the area. If it didn't get detected by smoke detectors, and if the resident wasn't home,
it could have been much worse."
HAMPTON, VA —
A single family home in Hampton suffered extensive damage in a fire at around 9:30 Wednesday morning. Fire officials say
a dryer is to blame. Lt. Anthony Chittum, with the Hampton Fire Department told
WAVY.com a neighbor called to report the fire after seeing heavy smoke and flames coming from the rear of the
building. Firefighters were able to get the fire under control within 10 minutes of their arrival, however the garage was a
complete loss and fully involved when crews arrived on scene. Two adults and two children were displaced due to the fire.
NORTH CHARLESTON, SC —
A North Charleston family lost almost everything they own in a house fire over the weekend. The
fire was caused by their clothes dryer. "My daughter had put some clothes in the dryer to dry and had taken a nap and a friend came into
the house and said your house is filling with smoke," said fire victim Kimberly Nasce. In a matter of minutes the Nasce's house was
engulfed in flames. Bianca Sancic with the North Charleston Fire Department says she knows all to well the damage dryers can
cause. Sancic says there have been 12 to 15 dryer fires this year in the Lowcountry.
CREWE, UK —
A MAN and a woman from Wistaston Road, Crewe had a close call after their tumble dryer
caught fire, causing extensive damage to their kitchen. Two engines from Crewe and another from Nantwich attended,
as crews used breathing apparatus and two hose reel to extinguish the flames, which had spread from the tumble dryer to
surrounding units and a fridge freezer. Although there was serious smoke damage, it was contained to the kitchen. The
occupants were taken to hospital suffering effects of smoke inhalation.
Couple Suffer Smoke Inhalation in House Fire -
By Will Harris - Crewe Chronicle (11/23/2010)
SALISBURY, MA —
A clothes dryer is the likely cause of a two-alarm fire that forced a North End
Boulevard family to flee from their home and brought firefighters from across the region to the scene, according to Salisbury
fire Chief Richard Souliotis. Souliotis said the fire, which was reported by one of the family members around 4 p.m.,
gutted their apartment. "That part of the building is a total loss," Souliotis said of the apartment. Dryer
fires, Souliotis said, are common, as accumulating lint can heat up to the point where a fire starts.
FENVILLE, MI —
Police this morning identified the 24-year-old victim of a fatal fire near Fennville as Dana Ann Lee. Lee was mentally disabled
and living with her parents. Fire investigators believe a clothes dryer fire ignited
their mobile home about 2:20 a.m. today, sending heavy smoke throughout the home. Robert Lee, 68, and his wife, Georgia Lee, 63,
tried to get their daughter out of the house but could not reach her bedroom before heavy smoke forced them to evacuate. Firefighters
also began searching the home when they arrived, but had to retreat when the roof began to collapse. Investigators think she escaped
her bedroom, but could not get out of the house.
MURRAY, IA —
A Murray house was destroyed Tuesday night after a household dryer caught fire. Murray Fire
officials were called to the residence and stayed at the scene until about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday morning. "When we reached the house, it
was fully engulfed," said Murray Fire Chief Aaron Brammer. "Such a terrible loss." The house is considered a total loss.
SAN BERNARDINO, CA —
A dryer fire caused an estimated $30,000 damage to a San Bernardino home
and its contents Wednesday morning. The fire was reported about 9 a.m. Flames spread from the dryer to an
adjacent room before 22 firefighters extinguished the blaze, said San Bernardino Fire Capt. Kevinn Whitaker. The
fire was out in about 15 minutes, Whitaker said.
ORINDA, CA —
A clothes dryer fire caused about $80,000 worth of damage to a house this afternoon, the Moraga-Orinda Fire District said. When firefighters arrived at the scene they saw a home garage burning, Fire Marshal Michael Mentink said. It took 22 firefighters about 30 minutes to have both blazes
controlled. The garage fire started when built-up lint could not properly exit the dryer because the exhaust pipe in the back was crimped, Mentink said.
WIKIUP, CA —
Fire that destroyed much of a Wikiup home and garage ignited in a clothes dryer, fire
investigators said Wednesday. Charred clothes found inside the dryer led investigators to identify the machine as the fire's
source, said Cyndi Foreman, fire prevention officer with the Rincon Valley Fire Department. The Manka Circle home's structure
sustained $250,000 in damage and lost $200,000 of its contents in the fire, Foreman said. Fire destroyed the garage and much
of the roof. Heat, smoke and water caused extensive damage inside the house.
Dryer to Blame in House fire -
By Julie Hohnson - Press Democrat (11/10/2010)
LORAIN, OH —
The state fire marshal confirmed that a dryer caused a two-alarm fire in Conewago
Township Sunday afternoon that displaced eight people, according to fire officials. A fire was reported at 3:24 p.m. that
began in the laundry room, said Strinetown Fire Company Chief Steve Tawney. Nine fire companies were called to provide
adequate manpower, and the fire was taken care of within 20 minutes, Tawney said. The fire, which began in the dryer,
primarily damaged the kitchen and laundry room in the apartment. An adjacent home had its adjoining wall cut into to
help fight the blaze, Tawney said. Four adults and four children from the two homes were displaced.
LORAIN, OH —
A dryer fire sent a woman to the hospital and shut down East Erie Avenue in Lorain
Saturday night. Firefighters arrived to find no flames but a lot of smoke and eventually hauled out the dryer. A woman who
was in the home when the fire started was walking around the scene but was eventually put on a stretcher and taken to be checked
out for smoke inhalation.
DALLAS BAY, TN —
A 9-1-1 call was received regarding a house fire. Dallas Bay Volunteer Fire Department (VFD) responded and
arrived on the scene reporting a dryer fire in the laundry room. Firefighters
extinguished the fire within minutes. Hamilton County EMS arrived on the scene and treated three adults for smoke
inhalation. According to the homeowner, he was drying clothes and heard the smoke detectors go off and went to investigate
when saw heavy smoke coming from the laundry room area. Chief Marcus Fritts, Dallas Bay VFD, reported the fire started in
the dryer's tumbler chamber.
GAINESVILLE, FL —
Gainesville Fire Rescue crews were able to extinguish a dryer fire late Tuesday, preventing it
from destroying an apartment. The fire was contained to the dryer and was extinguished with water, fire officials said in a news release
about the incident. Officials said the fire would have rapidly become a much bigger event if the residents hadn't been alert and able
to quickly identify the problem and get everyone out safely. Firefighters also said the dryer fire is a reminder to residents never
to leave a dryer running unattended and to clean the lint trap frequently.
HUDSON, MA —
The basement of a River Street home was heavily damaged this morning after a clothes
dryer ignited a fire, said Fire Chief John Blood. A resident reported her house was filling up with
smoke. When firefighters arrived on scene, they found heavy smoke coming from the basement and were able to extinguish
the blaze. Blood said the basement of the home was “heavily” damaged and smoke damage was evident throughout the home.
GLADSTONE, MI —
One Gladstone family got quite the scare when trying to do a load of laundry Tuesday morning. Their clothes dryer got
a little too hot when it caught on fire. The owners had attempted to put the fire out but were unsuccessful and decided
to go outside, according to Public Safety. The gas dryer was a complete loss and there was some water damage. The
culprit for the blaze is thought to be a lint buildup within the dryer.
FRANKLIN, VA —
A clothes dryer triggered a fire that destroyed a home on Thursday
night. Firefighters were called at 11:52 p.m. to the home, said Franklin Fire and Rescue Capt. Richard
Grizzard. The loss of the home and its contents was set at $85,000, Grizzard said. No one was hurt
in the fire, which was ruled accidental.
ROYAL PALM BEACH, FL —
A dryer fire at a duplex complex in Royal Palm Beach drove homeowners
out of their residence for a few hours Saturday night. Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue responded at 6:18 p.m. to
the call. Although the fire was contained to the area where the dryer is located, the house had a large amount
of smoke inside, said Capt. Don DeLucia, Fire-rescue's spokesman.
TRENTON, NY —
Two adults and several children safely escaped from a house fire late Friday night. Holland Patent crews responded
to reports of a dryer fire at about 9:35 p.m., and said smoke was visible
upon arrival. By 10 p.m., flames were shooting from the rear of the farmhouse, and slowly spreading into the
eaves. By 10:45 p.m., the top portion of the house was heavily burning, and portions of the first-floor ceiling
PETALUMA, CA —
Rancho Adobe fire crews called to a residential structure fire early Wednesday morning found themselves battling
flames for one of their own: department support volunteer Dawn Davis. But despite their best efforts, family
memorabilia and other property were lost when the fire gutted the attached, two-car garage, fire Capt. Herb Wandel
said. The blaze also caused fire, heat and smoke damage throughout the house,
Wandel said. Fire investigators believe the fire started in the
dryer and quickly blew up, creating a glow visible from Highway 101, Wandel said.
MIRA MESA, CA —
A fire that damaged a Mira Mesa home and garage was caused by a dryer,
said Maurice Luque, spokesman for the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department. Firefighters reported black smoke
pouring from a garage engulfed in flames. Most of the flames were knocked down in about 30 minutes. Damage
was estimated at $400,000 to the house, and $100,000 to the contents, Luque said.
SCHAUMBURG, IL —
No one was hurt Tuesday after a clothes dryer caught fire in a Schaumburg
townhome. Deputy Chief William Spencer said firefighters responded to a 911 report of smoke at the two-story,
two-bedroom home. When they arrived, they found a dryer on fire, with flames spreading to the rest of the utility
room, he said. The rest of the home had smoke damage, but no fire damage, he said. Spencer said lint in the
dryer is a typical cause of fire. "A lot of times what we see in dryers, if they’re not maintained, they can build
up a considerable amount of lint," he said. "And sometimes that will catch on fire, and if it does, it can spread
to anything that’s around the dryer."
CINCINNATI, OH —
Union Township firefighters spent the afternoon battling a house fire. Fire Chief Stan Deimling said crews were called
to the residence at about 11:25 a.m. The fire started in the clothes dryer
and extended into the attic, Deimling said. The damage is estimated at about $40,000, he said. No one was hurt in the fire.
HOUSTON, TX —
A family was lucky to escape injury early Monday after a clothes dryer sparked a fire
in their southeast Houston home. The homeowner said she was doing laundry at her home when she saw smoke coming from the
dryer. She grabbed her niece, got out of the home and called 911. HFD responded and found heavy smoke and flames
coming from the front and side of the house. They made a fast attack and extinguished the blaze, but the entire attached
garage and portion of the house was destroyed.
LINCOLN, NE —
Lincoln Fire Department doused a clothes dryer fire Wednesday afternoon. Firefighters
entered the home from the rear where a dryer and clothes basket were burning. "The fire load was removed to the back yard and extinguished with two extinguishers," a LFD report stated. Firefighters set up ventilation to clear the home of smoke.
WATERTOWN, MA —
An early-morning fire injured two Watertown firefighters and caused tens of thousands of dollars in damage to a duplex on
Harrington Street. According to Captain Thomas Walsh, Watertown Fire Inspector, the
fire began in a clothes dryer. A report shows that it started when heat from the dryer ignited lint, dust and other materials that had built
up in the dryer’s exhaust vent. Firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke coming from the basement. They forced
entry through the rear door and went in with a fire hose. Damage was estimated at $50,000.
BETHANY, NY —
A dryer fire is reported at Creek Road in the Town of Bethany. It is out,
but the home is filled with smoke. A tanker and one fire engine were requested. The residents are out of the building.
Dryer fire reported -
By Billie Owens - The Batavian (9/28/2010)
MANSFIELD, CT —
Firefighters quickly extinguished a dryer fire that broke out Sunday night at
the base of the stairs in a split level ranch. The fire was beginning to extend out from the dryer and had filled the
house with smoke, but firefighters quickly got it under control, fire Captain Uri Lavitt said.
Dryer Fire -
By Joe Feldman - FOX CT and Grace Merritt - Hartford Courant (9/26/2010)
TAYLOR, PA —
A dryer fire displaced a family of three Tuesday evening. Firefighters were
called at about 6 p.m. to Loomis Ave., where they reportedly encountered heavy smoke. The Red Cross was assisting the three
people, including a child, who lived at the home, said the agency's emergency services director, Brian Wrightson. No one was
hurt, he said.
BELOIT, WI —
A fire at a house Saturday evening caused thousands of dollars in damage. Beloit Fire Department responded to a fire call at
5:20 p.m. The fire began in a clothes dryer in the basement of the house,
according to fire department reports. Upon arrival firefighters observed smoke and flames coming from the basement. Structure
damage to the house was estimated at $10,000, while damage to the contents inside the house were valued at $20,000.
ALBANY, GA —
Smoke detectors saved the lives of a Colquitt County family when their house went up in flames early Monday. A smoke alarm
awakened Clint Gray, his wife and 9 year old son. Firefighters believe the families clothes
dryer started the fire at their home on Sam Harrell Road in Moultrie. A firefighter suffered minor burns to his face, but is doing okay.
PLAINFIELD, CT —
Quick action by firefighters Saturday afternoon contained a fire that started in a clothes
dryer to the basement of a four-family home on Cranska Road. Moosup Fire Chief Brian Theriault said smoke had filled
the basement of the home when he arrived on the scene. He called from assistance from the town’s three other fire
departments. “The fire appeared to be getting into the rafters and, with such a large house, I wanted to make sure we
had enough manpower if the fire began to spread,” Theriault said. Sterling Fire Marshal James Sweet, who filled in
for Plainfield Fire Marshal Paul Yellen, said a tenant in the home, Angela McLaughlin, was doing laundry and was in another
portion of her apartment when she smelled smoke. When she opened the door to the basement, she found the basement was
filled with smoke.
Crew’s Fast Action Keeps Dryer Fire from Spreading -
By Don Bond - Norwich Bulletin (9/18/2010)
JACKSONVILLE, FL —
An area of a Mandarin retirement home had to be evacuated early Saturday morning after a
fire started in a dryer in the first-floor laundry room, a spokesman with the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department said. The
spokesman said the fire was easy for firefighters to contain and put out, but heavy smoke led to a precautionary evacuation of an
area of the building, affecting about 24 people. Francis added that firefighters, who numbered more than 50, would be monitoring
the residents' health as well as checking the four-story building room-by-room to ventilate and check the air quality.
SPRING VALLEY, IL —
A dryer fire in Spring Valley left the home’s owners uninjured but had
10/33 Ambulance staff attending to three tabby cats who had hidden in the smoky building. According to Ed Templeton,
fire department safety officer and public relations officer, police, who were the first on the scene, reported heavy smoke
coming from the home’s basement back door. After the smoke had cleared, firefighters found the three gray and black
cats. “There’s quite a bit of damage in the basement, around the clothes dryer,” Fire chief Gene Scheri said.
Cats Treated after House Fire -
By Allison Ryan - News Tribune (9/15/2010)
CHATHAM, ON, CANADA —
No one was injured after escaping a small fire that broke out at a Wabash-area home on Sunday night. Dresden Fire Station
No. 6 responded to the fire around 7 p.m. Fire officials report the damage at $5,000 with approximately $85,000 being
saved. The fire started in a clothes dryer.
NEW MARKET, AL —
A trailer is destroyed by fire and investigators believe a clothes dryer may be to blame. It
started just before one Sunday afternoon. Firefighters say the trailer was fully involved by the time they arrived.
BATON ROUGE, LA —
A dryer sparked a fire that caused $120,000 in damage to an apartment Thursday
morning. Firefighters were called to the 500 block of Jennifer Jean to find the kitchen and laundry area of the apartment
engulfed. The fire was contained and quickly put out. While two people living in the apartment escaped unharmed,
two pet foxes being kept as pets died of smoke inhalation. A neighboring apartment received smoke and water damage.
EL PASO, TX —
A stuffed lint filter sparked a dryer fire on the Far East Side today. Twenty-five firefighters
responded to the 12,600 block of Tierra Nogal. Damages are estimated at $3,000. No one was hurt.
HUBER HEIGHTS, OH —
A dryer fire spreads to the kitchen of a house in the 4900 block of Powell Road
Tuesday afternoon. There was extensive damage. The people who lived there, two males and two females, were not hurt. The
Red Cross will provide them with temporary shelter.
SEATTLE, WA —
Alarms and smoke pushed residents, guests -- and their pets -- out of a Summit Ave building after a dryer
caught fire. Seattle Fire initially responded with more than a dozen units to the reported blaze but the response was quickly downgraded
as the situation was brought under control. Both lanes of Summit Ave East were closed during the response.
IRVINGTON, NY —
Approximately 60 students and 40 staff members were evacuated from Abbott House in Irvington this morning after a fire broke
out in a second-story laundry room, fire department officials said. Firefighters were able to gain entry to the building
through first-floor doors, sweeping the building to confirm that everyone had been evacuated. The flames were contained to
the second-floor laundry room, though officials are still unsure of the extent of the damage. "The fire started in a
clothes dryer," DePaoli said. "We believe it was caused by lint igniting."
CHESTERFIELD, MI —
An overheated clothes dryer was the cause of a fire Sunday night fire at a Chesterfield
Township apartment complex, police said Monday. There were no injuries in the blaze that destroyed half of the 24-unit apartment
building near 23 Mile, east of I-94. "The building is not habitable," said Detective James Gates of the Chesterfield Township
Police Department. "There's no water, electricity."
EVANSVILLE, IN —
An unattended clothes dryer is being blamed for starting a fire on Evansville’s
North Side. McCutchanville Fire Department District Chief Jeff Prittchett said the fire caused significant damage to an
adjacent bathroom. No injuries were reported. German and McCutchanville Township Fire Departments responded to the fire.
ST. PAUL, MN —
A fire destroyed a home on 245th Avenue NE in Linwood Township. We're told the fire
started in a dryer, but spread to the rest of the house. Everyone made it out of the home safely. The damage is
estimated at $400,000.
TAMPA, FL —
Lint from a clothes dryer caught fire, igniting a blaze that caused $60,000 in
damage. Jamie Godwin, 52, woke up early Wednesday to do some laundry, said Tampa Fire Rescue spokesman Bill Wade. She put
clothes in the dryer and left for about 10 minutes. When she returned, the dryer was on fire. Investigators determined
the fire was caused by a lint build-up in the dryer duct, Wade said.
TIPTON, IA —
Fire caused an estimated $15,000 in damage to a Rochester home. Tipton Fire Chief Curt Woode said the
fire started in the lint trap of a dryer. Departments from Tipton, Atalissa, West Branch and West Liberty were called to the scene. The
fire burned for an undetermined period of time before firefighters arrived, resulting in a heavily damaged floor truss and smoke throughout the
structure. Chief Woode said there would likely be a costly cleanup of the damage. Firefighters were on the scene for about 1 1/2 hours.
Dryer Fire Leaves $15,000 in Damage -
Stuart Clark and Gregory R. Norfleet, West Branch Times (9/1/2010)
SALEM, MA —
Firefighters responded to a telephone call of a dryer fire. Salem fire Deputy Chief Brian Harrington said firefighters first
at the scene found smoke showing from the rear entrance, as well as the eaves and roof of the 2 1/2-story, single-family home. Firefighters put
out the fire before it extended to the above floors. Harrington said the fire appears to have started
in the dryer. The fire spread to nearby items in the basement. The fire caused $5,000 in damages.
Dryer Fire Quelled -
By Bruno Matarazzo Jr., Salem News (8/23/2010)
TORONTO, CANADA —
Only four cats survived a house fire that killed a dog and 21 other felines. The blaze gutted the house. A father and son got out of the
house safely and the fire alarms were in working order. The fire started in a dryer. The fire
happened quickly, said Michael Freedman, who lives next door. "There was a tremendous amount of smoke, but the people got out okay, but they lost a
lot of animals. This family is very devoted to helping animals,” he said. The family works with animal rescue groups, said Dr. Attila Koroknai,
a vet at the Bathurst Dupont Animal Hospital. Damage from the fire is estimated at $400,000.
21 Cats, Dog Killed in House Fire -
By Kevin Connor, Toronto Sun (8/18/2010)
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK —
A family escaped a dryer fire early Wednesday morning. Firefighters said the fire
was caused by a lint back-up in the dryer. Crews said the homeowner tried to put the fire out himself, but it got
out of control. There were two adults and four young children inside the house, but everyone made it out safely. There
is about $15,000 damage to the kitchen area.
GRAND ISLAND, NE —
A pregnant woman is in the hospital and a Grand Island family is without a home Tuesday night after a household
dryer burst into flames. Two children and their grandmother
were home when the fire started. They safely left the building. Their pregnant mother came home and
ran inside the building thinking the children were still inside. Firefighters said she now suffers from
slight smoke inhalation. "The fire was contained to the laundry room area of the apartment. It did
extend a little bit into the walls," said Tim Hiemer, Grand Island Fire Department. The apartment manager
said just moments before the fire started members of the family called saying the dryer was smoking.
MAPLE VALLEY, WA —
Maple Valley Fire and Life Safety firefighters were dispatched to a home fire at 4:42 p.m. Firefighters found the home owner outside
and he stated that there was a fire inside the clothes dryer. He had used a portable
fire extinguisher to try to extinguish the fire before exiting. Firefighters made entry and found large amounts of smoke on the
second floor and a small fire still burning inside the dryer. Firefighters extinguished the fire using a water fire extinguisher
and ventilated the smoke from the house.
ENDICOTT, NY —
A family is safe after fire crews responded quickly to a house fire. Crews from West Endicott, Town of Union and West
Corners all responded. Within 5 minutes fire fighters were on the scene. They say the
fire started in a dryer and the house suffered minor smoke damage. "They were very lucky. They were home, they knew to call
9-1-1. We had a good response. Firefighters say the dryer was in the garage and the fire spread through the wall into the
second floor of the house.
DES MOINES, IA —
Fire department officials say a small fire at the Temple for Performing Arts on Tuesday morning was caused
by a clothes dryer. Fire crews responded to the building around 7 a.m. The dryer likely ignited because of heavy accumulation
of lint, officials said. There was some damage to the wall behind the dryer, and the floor was scorched.
MEDWAY, MA —
An elderly woman was taken to the hospital yesterday for burns she suffered after the dryer
in her home caught on fire, officials said. She was taken to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester after she burned
her arms, right knee and the hair by her forehead, said Assistant Chief Jim Smith. Chief Paul Trufant said the fire was contained
to the basement, and as firefighters were ventilating the two-story home, an animal control officer retrieved
VERO BEACH, FL —
A dryer fire that could have quickly engulfed a house Tuesday night was put out
by Indian River County Firefighters. Firefighters from Stations 1, 3 and 4 responded with a three engines, a ladder truck
and an ambulance. Lt. Brian Nolan, spokesman for the Indian River County Fire Department, said the call came in at 8:30 p.m.
and that firefighters entered the home and extinguished the flames. They found one cat and secured it in a room while they
cleared out the smoke, which had already spread throughout the house. Nolan said these fires happen periodically when people
do not thouroughly clean out the lint trap every time the dryer is used.
Firefighters Save House and Cat from Dryer Fire -
By Lisa Zahner - Vero News (7/13/2010)
BEVERLY HILLS, FL —
A fire in a dryer on Friday is costing a Beverly Hills homeowner
$3,000. Responding firefighters at 8:50 p.m. found smoke showing from the structure. The crew initiated
an interior attack into the residence and found the dryer on fire in the laundry room. The fire was extinguished
shortly after the crews entered the structure. Quick work by firefighters is credited with keeping the fire from
spreading. Citrus County Fire Rescue urges everyone to make sure that the lint filter and vent are clear of any
lint prior to operating a clothes dryer to prevent the dryer from overheating.
Dryer Fire Damages Home -
By Robby Douglas - Citrus Daily (7/10/2010)
WEST JORDAN, UT —
A West Jordan mother and daughter came home from a morning walk to find smoke filling their
home. The culprit, the dryer. The flames
destroyed the washing machine, dryer, surrounding walls and the clothes inside the machines. The
homeowner simply left the house with the dryer running and came home to a complete mess. It's
something we all do, but can prevent simply by checking your dryer equipment. West Jordan Fire
Batallion Chief Reed Scharman said, "we should not be using plastic hoses, it needs to be metal and
cleaned out every once in a while." Besides the physical damage, smoke filled the entire home
leaving behind a mess and terrible smell.
CHATHAM, GA —
A family was left homeless Thursday afternoon after their West Chatham trailer was damaged in a fire, according to
Southside Fire/EMS officials. Southside Fire crews were called to a trailer park after several people reported
smoke pouring from the single-wide mobile structure. Firefighters quickly installed water lines from pumper trucks
and confined the blaze to a kitchen and bedroom, said Southside Fire Battalion Chief Buster Sherrod. A
dryer caused the blaze.
WESTBURY, UK —
A tumble dryer caught fire in Westbury on Sunday morning causing an elderly
lady to require treatment by paramedics. Two fire crews from Westbury and Trowbridge were called out to the property at
Field Close at 11.43am. A paramedic administered oxygen to the woman who had suffered from
Elderly Lady Suffers Smoke Inhalation After Dryer Fire -
By Mike Wilkinson - Wiltshire Times (6/21/2010)
LINDSAY, ONTARIO, CANADA —
A mother and three children were staying with neighbours after a dryer ignited Monday, causing a $1,500
fire. Firefighters called shortly before 6 p.m. arrived to find smoke coming out of the basement of the single-story
brick home. Crews put out the fire and removed the appliance and its contents before ventilating the building. Damage
was estimated at about $1,000 to the dryer and clothes. Firefighters were called from Lindsay, Ops and Emily, officials said.
LA MESA, CA —
A fire caused between $10,000 and $15,000 to a home La Mesa Friday afternoon. According to a Heartland Fire
dispatcher, the blaze was reported at 4:17 p.m. Nineteen firefighters responded, and the fire was under
control in six minutes. The cause was a dryer, a dispatcher said.
PASO ROBLES, CA —
Emergency fire sprinklers help local firefighters contain a small blaze at an apartment complex in Paso
Robles. It happened at 6:45p.m. Wednesday. Fire crews say a
clothes dryer caught fire in the building's laundry room. Fire sprinklers helped to keep flames from
spreading. Damage was contained to the dryer and some walls of the building.
NEWNAN, GA —
Coweta County Fire Department investigators have determined a clothes dryer
was the cause of a fire Tuesday morning at a home on East Gordon Road. Coweta County firefighters responded
and found smoke coming from a 1,200-square-foot residence, according to Assistant Fire Chief Todd Moore. Units from
county fire stations 1, 3 and 4 responded to the scene and located the fire in the laundry room. The fire was
contained to that room.
VANCOUVER, OR —
Two pet cats that were trapped in a burning home east of Hazel Dell on Friday afternoon were in bad shape when
firefighters carried them outside. But members of the Vancouver Fire Department and Fire District 6 used
pet resuscitation masks, giving the felines extra oxygen and helping them breathe. The first crew arrived
in eight minutes to find the home’s interior in flames that were spreading rapidly throughout the home and
producing heavy smoke. A 16-year-old boy had grabbed one family cat as he exited his home but had to leave
two cats behind. In the end, the inside of the home was extensively damaged, but the outside appeared
mostly intact. Damage was estimated at $350,000. A deputy fire marshal said
dryer lint buildup caused the blaze.
Teen Rescues Cat, Firefighters Revive Two Others -
By John Branton - The Columbian (5/29/2010)
RUTLAND, NY —
The buildup of lint in a clothes dryer vent was listed as the cause of a fire Tuesday
evening that destroyed a double-wide manufactured house in the town of Rutland. Joseph D. Plummer, Jefferson County director of
fire and emergency management, said the appliance had been used earlier in the day, causing lint to overheat and smolder beneath the
dwelling. The single-story structure became engulfed, and flames spread to a nearby garage.
CHASSAHOWITZKA, FL —
A fire that apparently started in a home's laundry room on Tuesday morning damaged a Chassahowitzka
home. The first to arrive nine minutes later were firefighters from the Homosassa Fire
Station. Arriving firefighters found smoke and fire coming from the washer and dryer area on
fire, the fire report said. The fire was extinguished within two minutes of arrival of the first
Engine crew. Crews then ventilated the home to remove the smoke that filled half the house. Damage
to the home was estimated at $5,000, and there were no injuries. The fire
started in the dryer.
Dryer Fire Damages Home -
By Robbie Douglas - Citrus Daily (5/26/2010)
JAMESTOWN, ND —
The Jamestown Fire Department responded to a call at a residence around 9:30 p.m. Sunday. The
dryer fire was reported at 10th St. S.E. The
occupants of the home had safely evacuated, according to initial reports.
SPRINGFIELD, MA —
A clothes dryer fire caused some $10,000 in damage to a
McKnight neighborhood apartment Wednesday morning. A woman, who may have suffered from smoke
inhalation, was treated at the scene and declined to be taken to a hospital, Fire Department spokesman
Dennis G. Leger said. Leger said most of the damage came from smoke. The whole apartment
needs to be painted, it’s really black, he said. Leger said the fire broke out in a high-efficiency
dryer that was in the kitchen.
Dryer Fire Causes $10,000 in Damage -
By George Graham - The Republican (4/28/2010)
NORTHAMPTON, MA —
A fire in a clothes dryer led authorities to close a
section of West Street this morning. Fire Chief Brian Duggan said firefighters quickly stopped
the blaze, which had started in one of several dryer's in basement of the business and spread to the
second floor through air ducts. There was a significant buildup of lint that may have contributed
to the fire, Duggan said.
ST. CLAIR, TN —
A fire in a utility room at St. Clair Elementary School Monday evening destroyed a washer and
dryer but won’t interrupt classes today. Shortly after 6:30 p.m. Monday, four Hawkins County
fire departments were dispatched to a fire alarm at the small rural school. Hawkins County
Emergency Management Agency Director Gary Murrell said the fire was in a room next to the kitchen
and was started by a dryer that was in use. Murrell
said a new fire alarm system, which calls directly to Central Dispatch when smoke is detected, saved
valuable response time and probably saved the building from serious fire damage.
POPLAR BLUFF, MO —
A Region 8 family is homeless after fire guts their mobile home late Sunday night. David Green's
home in Poplar Bluff was destroyed Sunday night after his dryer
caught fire. Green said he just returned from church when he smelled smoke. Green
managed to get his pregnant fiancé and 6-year-old step daughter out of the home safely. The home
is a total loss.
TERRACE, BC CANADA —
A dryer fire caused extensive smoke damage to a home
on Agar Avenue, on Terrace's southside, early yesterday morning. Fire Department spokesperson
Dave Jephson says the blaze was reported at around 1:15am. Jephson says fortunately, the fire
department was able to contain the fire damage to the basement.
Home Damaged by Dryer Fire -
By John Crawford - CFTK TV (4/22/2010)
ALTHAM, UK —
A FAMILY lost all their possessions in less than 20 minutes after a
blaze sparked by a dryer wrecked their home. Firefighters believe the fire began when a fluff
build-up in the tumble dryer caught fire because of the heat produced by the machine. They spent three
hours tackling the blaze, which was so powerful it blew glass units out of the windows.
MINT HILL, NC —
A clogged dryer vent caused a fire at a home in eastern
Mecklenburg County Tuesday morning. Firefighters received the call around 9 a.m. The fire
scorched the vinyl siding near the side door and caused more than $25,000 in damage.
San Diego, CA —
A house was heavily damaged and a cat was killed by a fire
that started in a clothes dryer Sunday, a dispatcher with the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department
said. The flames were extinguished in about 15 minutes and, while no people were hurt, a cat
was found dead, she said. The fire caused $100,000 damage to the house and $50,000 to contents,
according to the dispatcher.
GRAND FORKS, ND —
Residents and employees of the Northlands Rescue Mission in Grand Forks were evacuated Thursday
morning after a clothes dryer caught fire in a
laundry room. Firefighters extinguished the fire and brought the dryer into an alley next
to the mission. Smoke spread through the five floors of the building, senior firefighter
Brandon Boespflug said. We’d want to remind people, don’t leave their dryers unattended,
JACKSONVILLE, IL —
Smoke from a clothes dryer fire caused about
$10,000 damage to a house Thursday afternoon. When the homeowner opened the dryer in
the basement, flames shot out, according to Capt. Bryan McGee of the Jacksonville Fire
Department. She then ran upstairs and called 911, McGee said. There was smoke
damage throughout the one-story wood-frame house.
CHATTANOOGA, TN —
No one was injured when an apparent dryer fire
broke out in a Chattanooga home Tuesday afternoon. Chattanooga firefighters got the alarm
just after noon. Flames were shooting through the roof of the garage when the first
firefighters got on the scene. Firefighters were able to get the blaze under control but
he damage was extensive with a loss estimated at $100,000.
PORTSMOUTH, NH —
City firefighters swarmed a basement dryer fire
shortly after 1 p.m. and brought the blaze under control within minutes. The fire caused
enough smoke damage that it rendered the home uninhabitable for the time being, Fire Capt. Bernie
Marvin said. The fire spread from inside the appliance and burned a variety of basement's
contents and shattered some of the cellar windows.
WARE, MA —
Fire officials are investigating the cause of a Friday morning blaze at a single-family home
that was reported as a clothes dryer fire, Chief
Thomas W. Coulombe said. When they arrived shortly after 10:30 a.m., firefighters found
heavy smoke coming from the two-story home. T hey were called by the residents who said
the dryer was on fire, Coulombe said. It took nearly 45 minutes to bring the fire under
control. It spread from the basement where the dryer was located into the walls of the first
floor, the chief said.
Dryer Blamed for House Fire -
By Nancy Gonter - The Republican (4/3/2010)
GAINESVILLE, GA —
A fire caused by a dryer destroyed Nicole and
Michael Walker's Gainesville home. The tragic fire happened as Nicole was going
to see her husband for the first time since a 10 month deployment in Afghanistan. The
Gainesville home was gutted by fire.
EL PASO, TX —
A clothes dryer is to blame for a blaze that displaced
a family Wednesday morning in east El Paso. When crews arrived around 11:30 a.m., they
found heavy smoke and flames coming from the laundry room of the home. Lt. Mario Hernandez
with the El Paso Fire Department told KFOX two adults who were home at the time of the fire
escaped with their dog before firefighters arrived. The fire was ruled accidental, damages
were estimated at over $50,000.
MESICK, MI —
Two families are feeling the burn after one fire tore through their community. Those
families lost almost everything, and today they're trying to move on. The fire started
Tuesday night in Wexford County. After sifting through the mess, the Fire Chief thinks
a dryer is the cause of all the chaos.
One Fire Destroys Two Homes -
9 &10 News (3/31/2010)
CORNER BROOK, NL CANADA —
A build-up of dryer lint is being blamed for
a fire that has cost a Corner Brook man his life. The 62-year-old man, who
was removed from a residence on Wheeler’s Road with serious burns , died at the Health
Sciences Centre in St. John’s. According to a press release issued Monday by the
Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, the RNC’s fire investigator has determined the probable
cause was a result of a clothes dryer vent hose overheating due to a buildup of lint,
causing fire to start in the surrounding combustible materials.
Man Injured by Clothes Dryer Fire Dies -
By Gary Kean - The Western Star (3/30/2010)
CANONSBURG, PA —
Fire crews said a dryer caught on fire
and sent flames shooting through the second story of a Washington County home. The fire
happened on Wednesday morning at a home in Canonsburg. Even though crews were able to
contain the flames to just the one room, there was some other damage throughout the
house. "There's a good bit of fire damage in the bathroom laundry area and there's
extensive heat and smoke damage throughout the rest of the house,"
said Assistant Canonsburg Fire Chief Dave Rhome.
GROTTOES, VA —
A mobile home fire in Grottoes has left one family displaced. The fire began Wednesday
morning. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the far end of the house. The
laundry room, kitchen, living room and one bedroom were destroyed. Firefighters suspect it
was a build up of lint in the dryer that caused the
fire. The family of five said they are not sure where they will stay but are
thankful no one was hurt.
WEST ASHLEY, SC —
A family of four was forced out of the West Ashley home by a fire early Monday
morning. Both the Charleston City Fire Department and St. Andrews Fire Department
responded to the fire. When they arrived, the family had gotten out of the house
and smoke was visible. The first floor sustained smoke, water, and fire
damage. The smoke also damaged the second floor. Officials said the
flames started in a dryer.
CHARD, SOMERSET, UK —
FIRE crews have extinguished a tumble dryer fire
at a house in the Furzehill area of Chard this afternoon. They were called to the incident
at 2.10pm to find smoke coming out of an out building. The tumble dryer was severely damaged
by the fire and the out building suffered moderate damage by smoke and heat.
VERMILION, OH —
A house fire broke out around 1 p.m. Friday. No one was reported injured according to
Vermilion Fire Department Chief Chris Stempowski. Stempowski said the fire
is believed to have started in the dryer in the
back of the house. From there, it spread through the ceiling and up into the attic. The
woman who lives in the house made it out and was treated by paramedics, he said. He added
that she had several pets in the home, most of which made it out safely.
LAKE COMO, NJ —
Firefighters have extinguished a fire believed to have started
in a basement dryer. Two people in the home when the fire began, around 6:05 p.m., were
able to escape before emergency responders arrived on the scene, Sgt. Nick Lakas said. The fire
was extinguished within 15 to 20 minutes, Lakas said. It did not spread beyond the basement,
which mostly only suffered water and smoke damage, Lakas said.
LYNCHBURG, VA —
A dryer fire evacuated a townhouse on Lynchburg
College’s campus Thursday morning. About a dozen students were evacuated, authorities
said. Three security guards were treated on the scene for smoke inhalation, but no other
injuries were reported. Emergency dispatchers received a call about the fire at 7:54
a.m. It began in a dryer in the townhouse’s basement, said Battalion Chief
Ninette Heath. Heath praised the three security guards, whom she said ensured the
students were out of the building quickly.
Fire Forces Evacuation of Townhouse -
WSLS NBC News 10 (3/4/2010)
COHOES, NY —
Three fire departments were called to extinguish a house fire that started just before
6 p.m. Cohoes, Watervliet and Green Island firefighters were at the scene of the fire,
which they said started in a clothes dryer in
a rear area of the home, according to Cohoes Capt. Will Charbonneau. No one was injured
in the fire, which caused some smoke damage and forced a young couple from the two-story home
that was closely bordered by other homes.
Firefighters Respond to Fire -
By Dennis Yusko - Times Union (3/2/2010)
BURLINGTON, NC —
Sharp eyes and quick thinking kept a fire from possibly turning deadly in north-central Burlington,
firefighters said. The fire apparently began sometime before 3 p.m., said Burlington Fire Capt.
Bud Catoe. Heavy smoke billowed from the home’s attic when firefighters arrived several minutes
after getting the call at 3 p.m., Catoe said. A dryer
had caught fire and sparked the blaze, Catoe said. Firefighters put out the fire in just
under 15 minutes, but it had already started burning the walls of the utility room. Damage to
the home was estimated at roughly $10,000.
Neighbor Spots Fire, Alerts Family -
By Robert Boyer - The Times News (2/26/2010)
WOODBRIDGE, VA —
A family was displaced when a fire broke out in a Woodbridge townhouse. Responding fire and
rescue units found a fire raging on the first floor of the townhouse. Two adults and two children
were home and were safely evacuated. Two firefighters suffered minor burns and were treated. Officials
said the cause of the fire was a malfunctioning dryer
vent. Property damage is estimated at $100,000, according to the Prince William County Fire Marshal's Office.
ALTON, IL —
Two pets died and a firefighter was injured when a dryer ignited in an apartment in the Oakwood Estates
housing project. Alton Fire Department responded at 12:40 p.m. after a neighbor called 911. "When
we arrived smoke was showing," said Capt. Tim Quigley with the Alton Fire Department. Quigley said the
tenant had left shortly before the blaze began and returned as soon as she heard about it. "She lost
both her pets," he said. Quigley said the cause of the fire
was determined to be the dryer. He said the blaze likely started from overheating or lint
MILWAUKEE, WI —
A South Milwaukee house fire leaves a family of nine homeless. The fire raced through their
home late this morning, and the smoke quickly filled the house. The one who discovered the
fire and alerted everyone was just three-years-old. The family who lived at the home managed
to escape with their lives, but they lost everything else.Three-year-old Hannah was the first to
see fire shooting out of the basement dryer.
Family of Nine Escapes House Fire -
Fox 6 Now (2/22/2010)
YORK, UK —
FIREFIGHTERS were called to a property in Bull Lane on Saturday afternoon after reports of a
kitchen fire. Fire crews from York and Acomb attended the scene shortly before
2.30pm. Eight adults, a baby and two dogs were evacuated from the property. Paramedics
at the scene treated one woman for smoke inhalation. A spokesman said the blaze, which
started in a tumble dryer, caused severe fire
and smoke damage to the kitchen.
Nine Evacuated After Dryer Blaze -
The Press (2/22/2010)
ALTOONA, PA —
An Altoona woman and her three children are homeless after flames rip through their
home. The blaze broke out a little after 7:30PM Wednesday. It took city
firefighters more than two hours to bring the flames under control. Part of 6th
Avenue was closed for about three hours. The call came into the Blair County
911 center as a reported dryer
fire. The house is a total loss.
FARMINGTON HILLS, MI —
A dryer fire hospitalized four Farmington Hills senior
citizens and forced others out of their homes early today. The fire broke out
at Detroit Baptist Manor, 30245 W. 13 Mile Road, Farmington Hills Police Lt. John Markey
said. Residents were taken to a common area in the building while firefighters battled
the flames, Markey said. A firefighter said the hospitalized seniors were transported
mainly for smoke inhalation.
Fire Sends Seniors to Hospital -
By Tammy Stables Battaglia - Detroit Free Press (2/11/2010)
ENID, OK —
An Enid home sustained considerable damage from an accidental
dryer fire Wednesday afternoon. The fire was contained mostly in one room in the back of
the house. The suppression crews made a quick knockdown of the fire, said Bill Moss, assistant
fire marshal. The property was valued at $40,000 and sustained an estimated $18,000 damage.
ROCKFORD, IL —
A Rockford family gets help from the Red Cross after fire damages their home. Firefighters
were called tjust before two this afternoon. They found a
fire in the dryer, but it had spread to the ceiling and appliances near it. The fire damaged
the basement, but smoke got to the rest of the house. It caused about $20,000 damage.
METHUEN, MA —
A 2-alarm fire at a split-level house on Anderson Drive caused extensive damage to the structure but
no injuries to the occupants or firefighters battling the blaze. The house is heavily damaged
and could not be occupied after the fire, according to police Lt. Kevin Mahoney. It appears
the blaze started in a dryer in the basement.
ROCHESTER, NY —
A fire at a two-unit Bay Street home on Thursday displaced two families. City firefighters responded to
the fire at Bay St. about 8 p.m. Fire officials said the fire was
caused by a clothes dryer. The Red Cross is helping the victims.
FAIRVIEW, PA —
An overheated clothes dryer started a fire Monday night at a
Fairview Township home, forcing the family to live elsewhere. The 6:30 p.m. fire was ruled accidental,
said George Benninghoff, chief of Fredonia Volunteer Fire Department. The spread was very rapid, Benninghoff
said Tuesday. Flames were coming from the roof when firefighters arrived and parts of the home not
destroyed by the heat were heavily damaged by smoke and water.
Dryer Fire Leaves Family Without Home -
By Monica Pryts - The Sharon Herald (2/3/2010)
ELYRIA, OH —
A fire that started in a clothes dryer caused $20,000 damage
to an Elyria home and forced the homes’ occupants to find somewhere else to stay. The fire started in
the dryer, Elyria Fire Department Chief Rich Benton said. The fire spread to some boxes surrounding
the dryer in the home’s basement. The fire caused $15,000 damage to the home and $5,000 to
its contents, Benton said.
A historic home in Gonzales caught fire and was heavily damaged by fire and
smoke. At 4:43 p.m., the call came in to the Gonzales Fire Department that a house located at
St. Francis Street was on fire. Gonzales Fire Chief Keith Schmidt said they have determined the
fire apparently started with an dryer located in the
northeast corner of the house on the bottom floor.
EDGEWATER, FL —
A clothes-dryer fire Wednesday afternoon in the garage
of a home at 36th St. was quickly extinguished by Edgewater Fire-Rescue, but not before causing $20,000
in damages. However, firefighters prevented the 12:01 fire from spreading, which saved the $150,000
home, said Capt. Jill Danigel, the agency's spokeswoman. "Upon arrival crews found flames and heavy
smoke pouring for the attached garage of the home," Danigel said. Due to the extensive damage in
the garage, the power supply to the residence had to be shut off and the occupants have been temporarily
displaced from the home.
Clothes-dryer Fire -
By Henry Frederick - New Smyrna Beach News (1/28/2010)
SPRINGFIELD, IL —
Springfield fire officials say lint in a dryer vent sparked
a blaze that damaged a home Thursday morning. People in the house heard the smoke alarm
go off around 7:40 a.m. No injuries were reported, but firefighters said two adults and four
children were displaced. There was damage to the first floor and the attic.
NAVARRE, FL —
After a mere six minutes, Holley-Navarre Fire District firefighters had contained and later extinguished
a dryer vent fire Monday afternoon. Central dispatch received a structure fire call around 2:23 p.m.,
with the first crews arriving on scene at 2:29 p.m. Smoke could be seen billowing from the garage
door. The wife of the homeowner was home at the time, doing laundry. Unbeknownst to her,
the vent caught fire while a load of laundry was
drying. Firefighters were able to rescue a dog trapped in the smoke-filled house. The
fire caused roughly $3,000 in damage.
KINGSTOWNE, VA —
A clothes dryer has been blamed for an accidental fire
in a townhouse Thursday night. The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department says the fire did
about $75,000 damage in the 7300 block of Larrup Court. The family living there escaped without
injury. The fire damaged the first floor kitchen and extended to the second floor.
The back of the house was damaged Wednesday after a clothes
dryer caught fire. A Quincy firefighter said they received the call at 2:32
p.m. Three engines, two ladder trucks and a rescue vehicle responded, Capt. John Gillan of
the fire department said.
ST. HELENS, UK —
A tumble dryer caused fire damage at a house in St
Helens. A neighbour alerted fire crews to a fire in Wisteria Way at 1pm on Sunday. Crews
forced entry into the house to find the tumble dryer in the ground floor utility room had set on
fire. The fire caused severe damage to the room and smoke damage to the house. Crews
used a hose reel to put the fire out.
ALLIANCE, OH —
A couple was forced from their home Monday when a fire broke out in the basement of the house. The fire,
according to the city Fire Department, apparently was started by a clothes
dryer. It went up the steps to the upper level, said Inspector Guy Aumend of the Fire
epartment. Downstairs was worse. Upstairs was just smoke damage. Damage was estimated at
$10,000 to contents and $10,000 to the structure.
HOUSTON, TX —
Four units in a southwest Houston apartment complex are left damaged after fire spreads from a
laundry room. Houston firefighters arrived Tuesday to find heavy smoke coming from a two-story
building within the complex. Firefighters made what they call a "fast attack" and determined
that the fire started from a dryer in the laundry
room. Flames spread upstairs to a boiler room and through a wall and ceiling to cause damage
to two second-level units. Two units on the first level had smoke and water damage.
Clothes Dryer Blamed for Apartment Fire -
By Alexander Supgul - FOX News Houston (1/5/2010)
RIVIERA BEACH, FL —
A Riviera Beach couple was displaced after a dryer in their house caught fire Monday morning. The
fire started at about 7 a.m. Fire investigators said they believe the
blaze started from a dryer in a utility room and spread to the rest of the house.
FREDERICKSBURG, VA —
A century-old farmhouse that sits on historic property in the Wilderness Battlefield area was destroyed
by fire this weekend. Both tenants of the home and their dog escaped without injury
Saturday. The fire started in a clothes dryer shortly
after 6 p.m. The occupants were impeded in their ability to extinguish it by water pipes impacted
by the sub-freezing temperatures, according to resident Susan Lyons.
BELOIT, WI —
A Beloit family stayed with relatives Sunday night after a fire damaged their home. It happened
just before 10 p.m. Firefighters say it started in
a clothes dryer. The fire damaged the basement and first floor, plus there is smoke
damage throughout the house.
ONTARIO, CANADA —
Three people made it out safely, after a fire broke out at a St.Clair Township home, Sunday
morning. Volunteer firefighters from Brigden and Courtright stations responded just after
11 a.m., where officials say a fire was sparked by a
clothes dryer. "The washer and dryer were in the kitchen, so it pretty much gutted
the kitchen out," said St.Clair Township Fire Chief Roy Dewhirst. "And there was heavy smoke
damage throughout the rest of the house." Dewhirst said three people were at the home when
the fire broke out, and one was taken to Petrolia's CEEH hospital for observation.
Fire Damages Home in St.Clair Township -
By Tara Hagan - Ontario Observer (1/3/2010)
OAKWOOD HILLS, IL —
A fire that started in a dryer damaged an Oakwood Hills home
Saturday and resulted in minor injuries to two firefighters. A resident at 13 Lakeshore Drive smelled
smoke and called for help. Firefighters found smoke coming from the rear of the two-story home and
were advised the fire was in the lower level utility room. The Fox River Grove and Nunda Rural fire
departments provided water tankers at the scene as the home is located in an area without fire
hydrants. Two firefighters from the Cary Fire Protection District were taken in good condition
to Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington for evaluation of smoke inhalation.
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KITTERY, ME —
A two-alarm blaze in a residence caused significant damage to a single-family home. Kittery Deputy
Fire Chief Jason Lonergan said no one was injured in the blaze at the home. Radio communications
indicated the fire began in a dryer. The fire summoned
units from Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, York, Portsmouth and Kittery. The fire caused the most damage
in the first floor of the home, but burned up the side of the two-story residence. Firefighters used
water from a tanker to knock down the fire, but supplemented water by running a hose from a hydrant
down the dead-end street. The deputy chief said occupants of the home would not be allowed to
return to their residence.
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