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Excess Lint in Dryer Causes Blaze - By Caitlin Dineen - Press of Atlantic City (2/28/2011)MARGATE, NJ - Margate firefighters responded to an early-morning fire Sunday after smoke was reported coming from a laundry room in a duplex.  Margate Deputy Chief Dan Adams said the fire was caused by excess lint in the unit's dryer.  "We were able to contain it to the laundry room," Adams said Sunday night, adding that it took the eight responding firefighters 10 minutes to contain and extinguish the fire. Adams said the unit sustained heavy smoke damage and the walls had to be opened up to ensure the fire had not spread up the walls.

Tutor Time Evacuates after Fire in Laundry Room - By Karen Schmidt - The Arizona Republic (2/25/2011)PHOENIX, AZ - Children were evacuated from a Phoenix day care when a small fire started in the facility's laundry room Friday morning, Phoenix fire officials said.  More than 50 children ranging from newborns to 5 years old were safely evacuated at about 8:05 a.m. from the Tutor Time, said Capt. Tony Mure of the Phoenix Fire Department.  The fire began in the laundry room, apparently sparked by a faulty dryer vent, Mure said. The fire was contained to the laundry room.

4 Sent to Hospital After Dryer Fire - By Alexa Chrisbacher - The Arizona Republic (2/24/2011)EL MIRAGE, AZ - A dryer fire sent four teens to the hospital, authorities said.  The fire started in the lint trap of the dryer, which hadn't been cleaned, El Mirage Fire Chief Howard Munding said.  The teens may have sustained respiratory issues from inhaling smoke and debris as they attempted to put out the fire, Munding said.

Dryer Fire - Staten Island Advance (2/23/2011)STATEN ISLAND, NY - Fire Department officials are battling an all-hands blaze in Annadale.  The fire is being reported on the second floor of a three-story structure.  Several units are on the scene and heavy smoke is being reported, according to emergency radio transmissions. Reports indicate the blaze began when a dryer caught fire.

Fire Leaves Family Homeless - KRGV Channel 5 ABC News (2/2/2011)DONNA, TX - A family is left homeless after a fire ripped through their mobile home.  Investigators tell CHANNEL 5 NEWS the fire started at a home on Midway and Walker Road in Donna.  The flames sparked in the dryer and quickly spread.  Two rooms suffered significant fire damage while the rest of the home was damaged by smoke and water.  No one who lives in the home was hurt.

Tumble Dryer Blaze - Halesowen News (2/1/2011)HALESOWEN, UK - A COUPLE were led to safety from their Halesowen home after a tumble dryer started a blaze.  The 65-year-old man and 60-year-old woman were administered oxygen by fire crews at the property in Chapel Street.  The fire started on the ground floor of the two-storey terraced home.  West Midlands Fire Service group commander Mick Birch said crews from Halesowen and Cradley attended the incident and put out the fire. He said they dealt with the couple along with paramedics.

Firefighters Battle Laundry Room Fire - By Carisa Giardino - Garden City Patch (1/31/2011)GARDEN CITY, NY - Garden City firefighters responded to a Poplar Street fire that originated in the home's laundry room.  The resident stated she had smoke coming her dryer and that all occupants were safely out of the house.  Firefighters were met with a heavy smoke condition on the first floor upon entry.  "It appeared that the fire started near the dryer vent hose and extended up the wall igniting clothing on top of the dryer and materials on a shelf above," he said.  "There was also fire extension into the basement as a result of burning materials dropping down through the floor which was extinguished."Fire damage was limited to the laundry room with smoke damage throughout the home.  The fire department reminds residents of the importance of "periodically cleaning all lint traps and dryer vent hoses."

Apartment Fire Causes No Injuries - By Michelle Manchir - Chicago Tribune (1/31/2011)PLAINFIELD, IL - A fire that started in a clothes dryer in a Plainfield apartment building caused no injuries, but temporarily displaced the woman who lived there.  The fire, reported around 10:45 a.m. Monday at a four-unit apartment building, likely started because of a lint build-up, Assistant Fire Chief Jon Stratton said.  The fire spread to the walls of the apartment, but did not damage any other units.

Firefighters extinguish Somerset Road Blaze - By Jason Graziadei - Nantucket Inquirer & Mirror (1/31/2011)NANTUCKET, MA - A house fire damaged a Somerset Road home Monday morning, but was brought under control before it could destroy the mid-island residence.  Firefighters and police raced to Somerset Road Monday morning when the homeowner reported a smoking dryer at her home.  By the time fire crews arrived, flames had begun to consume portions of the residence and smoke billowed from its roof.

Firefighters Quickly Put out Dryer Fire - Idaho Statesman (1/31/2011)ROCHESTER, NY - Meridian Fire Department used a fire extinguisher to quickly put out a dryer fire on Waterbury Drive.  Firefighters were on scene within four minutes of the call.  They found a small amount of smoke in the home.  Crews opened up the wall to make sure the fire hadn't spread.  The home suffered minor damage, said Meridian Fire Department Deputy Chief Joe Silva.  Silva said the incident is a reminder to keep dryer filters clean and occasionally clean out the flexible tube that runs from the dryer to the wall.  Lint can ignite, he said.

Dryer Fire Leaves $3,000 in Damages - The Wareham Observer (1/31/2011)ROCHESTER, NY - Wareham Fire Department personnel responded to a fire on Sunday at a single-story home on 14th Avenue.  The fire, which began around 3:30 p.m. and took about an hour to contain, started in a dryer and left around $3,000 in damaged.  No one was injured.

Smoke Detectors Save Family From Dryer Fire - WROC Rochester Fox News (1/31/2011)ROCHESTER, NY - Rochester fire crews say a family is alive Monday morning thanks to their smoke detectors and investigators say lint buildup sparked the flames.  Firefighters were called to a basement fire on Portage Street.  When they arrived, they say smoke was pouring out of a side door.  Investigators say the fire started in a clothes dryer in the basement, then spread to the wall and ceiling.  The Rochester Fire Department says this fire should send a number of messages to the public: Smoke detectors save lives and dryers need to be periodically cleaned and dust/lint build-up removed.

Clothes Dryer Fire Destroys Home - CBC News (1/28/2011)PRINCE EDAWARD ISLAND, CANADA - A man and a woman escaped injury after a house fire early Friday morning.  The Wellington Fire Department responded to the fire.  "There was heavy smoke coming out the main door and a few windows," said deputy fire chief Dennis Cormier.  "We just couldn't even enter the house.  There was too much heat. We vented through the roof and the house is a complete loss." The roof caved in and the house was gutted by the fire.  Deputy provincial fire marshal Dave Rossiter investigated the fire and ruled it was accidental.  Rossiter said it started in the clothes dryer.

2 Treated for Smoke Inhalation After Dryer Fire - The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (1/26/2011)GATES, NY - Two people were taken to Strong Memorial Hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation after a house fire.  Gates firefighters were called after two residents in the house noticed smoke inside, said Gates Fire Chief Jim Harrington.  It took firefighters about 15 minutes to control the dryer fire, he said.  Firefighters arrived to find smoke rising from the back of the house, Harrington said.  Smoke damage was present throughout the house, he said.

Officers Hurt Putting out Dryer Fire - The Goshen Chronicle (1/25/2011)GOSHEN, IN - Town of Goshen Police Officer Michael Imperio and Sergeant Matthew Imperio suffered smoke inhalation after responding to a dryer fire.  When the officers reported to the residence, they found the laundry room filled with heavy smoke and flames.  Both officers managed to put the fire out with the police department’s fire extinguishers and an available water source.  Due to the intense volume of smoke, both officers suffered smoke inhalation.  Officer Michael Imperio suffered second-degree burns to his right hand when he moved the dryer away from the wall to get at the flames.  Goshen Fire Chief Elmer Budd told police Chief Dennis Marsh that, had it not been for the quick response and decisive actions of the Town of Goshen police officers, the residence might have sustained thousands of dollars in further damage or been totally lost.

Fire From Dryer Damages Home - Albany Times Union (1/23/2011)NELSONVILLE, NY - A Nelsonville home was damaged early Sunday after a dryer fire.  The Nelsonville Fire Department responded to the fire.  Upon investigation, firefighters encountered heavy smoke and a fire in the laundry room area.  The fire had extended from the dryer to the contents of the room and was extending to the kitchen when firefighters extinguished it.  Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the laundry area but water, smoke, and heat damage also occurred in the kitchen.  Firefighters determined the fire stated in the dryer.  Damage to the home was estimated at $8,000.

Dryer Fire Leaves $30,000 in Damages - Durham Region News (1/21/2011)WHITBY, ONTARIO CANADA - A Whitby woman was treated for smoke inhalation and taken to hospital after a dryer caught fire in a home on Lady May Drive Thursday.  Three fire trucks, 12 firefighters and one platoon chief arrived at the residence shortly after 1 p.m.  Smoke was visible from an outside vent and filled both levels of the home.  The woman was initially assessed on scene by emergency crews before being taken to hospital for further treatment and later released.

Duplex Fire Displaces Nine - KGPE CBS 47 News (1/20/2011)MALAGA, CA - A clothes dryer is to blame for a fire on Wednesday that left 9 people homeless.  The blaze started around 5:00 p.m. at a duplex on Chestnut near North Avenue.  Investigators say it started in a clothes dryer in one of the units.  Josh Chrisman with Fresno County Fire said, “The lint trap was clogged and the laundry room did not have good ventilation.”  Damage is estimated at about $65,000.

Dryer Catches Fire - Ventura County Star (1/19/2011)OXNARD, CA - A dryer fire that began Tuesday when excess lint ignited caused an estimated $1,500 damage at an Oxnard home, authorities said.  The fire was reported about 3:40 p.m.  A woman drying a load of laundry discovered the fire when she returned from doing errands and found her garage filled with smoke, said Battalion Chief Gary Sugich of the Oxnard Fire Department.  Firefighters responded and extinguished the fire.  Investigators determined an excessive amount of lint had built up in the dryer, caught fire and spread to the clothes inside, Sugich said.

Dryer Fire - By Robby Douglas - Citrus Daily (1/14/2011)FLORAL CITY, FL - Firefighters were alerted at 6:47 a.m. to Big Buck Trail, where a 1,2000-suqre-foot wood frame structure had fire showing on the rear side.  Fire officials believe the blaze was started by a dryer.  The home was not insured, and the homeowners were displaced.  The amount of damage to the home was set at $96,000 to the building and $5,000 to its contents.

Dryer Cited in Home Fire that Killed 1 - The Times Leader (1/14/2011)LOWER FRANKFORD, PA - Authorities in central Pennsylvania say a clothes dryer was apparently the source of a fast-moving fire in a mobile home that left one person dead.  Part of the mobile home had already collapsed when fire crews arrived, and a body was found inside near the door.  Officials said the victim has not been positively identified.  A state police fire marshal said the blaze started in a clothes dryer and then spread to the rest of the home.

Basement Fire Damages Twin Home - By Cindy Scharr - Delaware County Times (1/14/2011)COLLINGDALE, PA - Firefighters were called out Wednesday night to battle a basement fire on Broad Street. &nbThe fire was reported at 9:45 p.m., according to Collingdale Fire Co. No. 1 Chief Colin McCann.  Firefighters found heavy smoke showing from the home when they arrived.  All occupants from both sides of the twin were able to get out of their homes without injury.  The fire appears to have started in a dryer in the basement, McCann said.  The basement received some fire damage and there was smoke damage throughout the house, according to McCann.  A firefighter and EMS worker suffered minor injuries after the slipped on the ice and fell, McCann said.

Dryer Sparks Blaze - Lancashire Evening Post (1/12/2011)PENWORTHHAM, UK - A tumble dryer set on fire and smoke-logged a garage.  Firefighters were called to Whitebeam Close, in Penwortham after smoke was seen pouring from the garage.  The dryer was wrecked in the blaze with smoke damage to the garage and kitchen.

Dryer Fire Damages Home - By Bridget Doyle - Chicago Tribune (1/3/2011)HINSDALE, IL - A dryer fire was quickly extinguished but left $10,000 to $15,000 worth of damage to a Hinsdale home Monday afternoon, Hinsdale fire officials said.  Hinsdale Fire Department received a call around noon about a fire in the of a home in the 500 block of E. Walnut Street.  “The fire was in the basement laundry room of the home, but we had quick entry since our station is about three blocks away,” said Steve Tullis, Hinsdale firefighter and paramedic. “There was heavy smoke and medium heat, but the fire was contained to the laundry room and put out in less than a minute upon arrival.”

Fire Officials: Dryer Caused Blaze - 2 The Advocate (1/3/2011)BATON ROUGE, LA - A clothes dryer caused a fire in the washroom of a Charles Street home, according to a Baton Rouge Fire Department news release.  Six people were in the main home when the fire started, but no one was injured in the blaze, the release says.  The flames gutted the washroom and several other rooms in the two-story garage, and caused smoke and water damage to the main structure.

Dryer Fire Damages Apartment - By Peggy King - Cordele Dispatch (1/3/2011)CORDELE, GA - A clothes dryer in an Emerald Apartment caused a fire about 1:30 p.m. today.  Cordele firefighters were continuing to get the home cleared of smoke when this reporter was on the scene.  Chief Augustus Telfair said it would be a little while before he and his men could assess the damage.  The dryer which was charred had been pulled out of the dwelling.


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