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House fire caused by tumble dryer


Date: 23rd May, 2018

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service is warning people about the fire risks connected to tumble dryers, following a house fire yesterday (22 May) in Durrington.

Firefighters were called to the mid-terraced property in Windsor Mews at 11.08am, and found a well-developed fire on the ground floor spreading to the first floor.

Crews from Amesbury and Salisbury (two), supported by an aerial ladder platform from Basingstoke, tackled the blaze, which caused significant damage to most of the house.

Group Manager Tim Gray said that the fire had started accidentally in a tumble dryer, adding: “While what exactly caused this fire to start remains under investigation, it is a sharp reminder that tumble dryers and washing machines carry a real fire risk – for example, they contain powerful motors with fast moving parts that can get very hot. We would always urge anyone who owns such machines to do all they can to reduce the risk of fire, through regular cleaning and maintenance.”

There are warning signs to watch out for where a tumble dryer may be at risk of catching fire – if you notice any of these, you should clean the filter and check the vent pipe immediately:

The following advice should also be followed:

The Service offers free Safe & Well visits – to see if you qualify, or for more home fire safety advice, visit www.dwfire.org.uk/safety

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