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House Fire Caused $15,000 In Damages - By Joe Higgins - WOUB Public Media (4/8/2014)
ATHENS, OH - Firefighters responded to Central Avenue after a fire was reported in the laundry room of the Timothy House.  According to Athens Fire Department Chief Robert Rymer, the fire started due to a buildup of lint in the exhaust of the dryer.  He estimated $15,000 in damages and said both the washer and dryer were totaled.  The room itself sustained damage as well.
Fire Department fights Fire - Pike County Daily (4/8/2014)
WAVERLY, OH - On Monday afternoon, members of the Waverly Fire Department responded to a residence to extinguish a fire.  According to Waverly Fire Chief Randy Armbruster, the fire was caused by a clothes dryer.  He said the house received a little smoke but did reportedly burn a hole in the wall.
Apartment Dryer Fire - Iowa City Press-Citizen (4/7/2014)
NORTH LIBERTY, IA - There were no injuries after North Liberty firefighters extinguished a fire that started in an apartment's dryer.  A third-floor resident reported that their dryer had started smoking and fire crews managed to extinguish the flames quickly.  Officials with the North Liberty Police Department, Coralville Fire Department and Johnson County Ambulance Service assisted with the incident.
Dryer Lint Sparks House Fire - The Buffalo News (4/6/2014)
FALCONER, NY - Excess dryer lint that ignited caused a house fire on South Work Street on Saturday night, the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office said.  The dryer lint in the vent pipe of a second-floor apartment sparked the blaze at 10:20 p.m., the Sheriff's Office said.
Woman Injured in Apartment Fire - By Jacob Bielanski - The Times Picayune (4/4/2014)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - A woman was injured when she fell two stories during an Algiers apartment fire, according to the New Orleans Fire Department.  The unidentified 24-year-old woman fell as another resident attempted to lower her from the burning building, according to the fire department.  New Orleans EMS reported the woman was transported to LSU Interim with serious injuries, but was talking and conscious.  The fire department said no one else was injured, and the fire was brought under control with the help of 44 firefighters.  The fire was caused by a dryer on the first floor, the fire department said.
House Fire Displaces 2; Cause Linked to Dryer - By Brittany M. Wehner - South Jersey Times (3/24/2014)
OLDMANS TOWNSHIP, NJ - A fire that was started by a clothing dryer resulted in the displacement of two township residents, fire officials said.  The fire started at 10:15 p.m. in the laundry room by the dryer and then traveled up the wall and into the attic space, according to Logan Volunteer Fire Chief Michael Moore.  The inside of the house cannot be lived in at this time due to damage from the fire, Moore said.
Quick Response Saves Home - By Matt Bufano - The Citizens' Voice (3/24/2014)
UNION TOWNSHIP, PA - Thanks to a quick response from firefighters, a home in Union Township was saved.  According to Shickshinny fire Chief Kevin Morris, firefighters responded on the report of a basement fire.  Morris said there was some damage to a clothes dryer on the first floor, but flames were contained mainly to the basement area where the vent pipe is.  He said the fire started in the dryer and built up in a pipe.  One woman was checked by medics after she smashed out a window for ventilation.  She suffered a couple cuts, but nothing major, Morris said.
Clothes Dryer Fire Damages House - The Waterloo Region Record (3/21/2014)
KITCHENER, ONTARIO, CANADA - Damage is estimated at $5,000 after a gas clothes dryer caught fire in a Kitchener house at noon Friday.  A build up of lint started the fire, he said. Flames spread to clothes piled on top of the dryer before firefighters arrived.  The fire was extinguished quickly, but not before it filled the house with smoke.
Fire Displaces Seven - The Barre Montpelier Times Argus (3/21/2014)
NORTHFIELD, VT - Fire crews were called to a blaze that displaced the seven people living there and caused about $10,000 worth of damage, according to Northfield Fire Department Chief Pete DeMasi.  DeMasi said the blaze was caused when a dryer in the basement caught fire around 9:30 p.m.  He said none of the seven residents was injured and that the Fire Department had the blaze contained within 10 minutes.  He said most of the damage was from smoke.
Family Displaced by Fire - By Kendra Ablaza - Orange County Register (3/17/2014)
LONG BEACH, CA - A family was able to escape without injury after a fire started by a clothes dryer left the residence destroyed.  The Long Beach Fire Department responded around 10:30 a.m.  Firefighters found a mobile home engulfed in flames when they arrived.  According to a Fire Department statement, a clothes dryer started the blaze.  Firefighters were able to contain the fire and stop it from spreading to adjacent mobile homes.  The damage was estimated to be more than $50,000.
Dryer Fire at Leaves 5 Residents Displaced - WHTM ABC 27 (3/9/2014)
JACKSON, NJ - Five people were displaced when a dryer fire damaged a condominium in southern New Jersey.  No injuries were reported in the fire, which broke out around 3:50 p.m.  Jackson police tell the Asbury Park Press that the fire caused smoke damage to the second-story home and damaged a downstairs unit.
Investigators: Fire Sparked from Dryer Vent - WECT NBC News Channel 6 (3/5/2014)
WILMINGTON, NC - Officials believe a house fire was started by a dryer vent.  No one was home at the time; the family was at work and school when the fire started.  The homeowner said he left the dryer running when he left for work.  Officials say this is a pretty common cause for house fires and have ruled the incident accidental.  Investigators estimate the house suffered about $10,000 worth in damages.
Dryer Blamed for Townhouse Fire - Chicago Daily Herald (3/5/2014)
ST. CHARLES, IL - Firefighters believe a clothes dryer sparked a townhouse fire in St. Charles.  According to a news release, St. Charles firefighters responded to a resident's 911 call to find a blaze in a second-floor utility room.  The resident of the unit was out of the home by the time firefighters arrived.  Firefighters estimated the damage at $30,000.
Clothes Dryer to Blame for Apartment Fire - WRAL News Channel 5 (3/3/2014)
CHAPEL HILL, NC - A build-up of lint in the vent hose of a clothes dryer is to blame for a fire at a Chapel Hill apartment complex, investigators said Monday.  Firefighters were called shortly before 8:30 a.m. Friday, where firefighters found a moderate amount of fire and smoke near a dryer in one of the homes.  Authorities said the clog was in a curve in a flexible aluminum vent hose that had started smoldering while someone was using the dryer.  According to the Chapel Hill Fire Department, approximately 15,000 fires each year are caused by clothes dryers.
Dryer Fire Spreads to Wall - The Greenfield Recorder (2/25/2014)
SOUTH DEERFIELD, MA - A clothes dryer fire in the basement ignited the wall behind it, forcing a family of six out of their home.  "There was a working fire in the basement, with heavy smoke conditions," said Fire Chief William Swasey.  Swasey said the cause of the fire was a dryer vent duct clogged with lint.  He said the family could not immediately reoccupy their house, because of damage to the electrical wires.
Three Treated in Early Morning Dryer Fire - Cape Cod Times (2/25/2014)
HYANNIS, MA - Firefighters treated a man for burns on his hand and a mother and son for smoke inhalation early today following a dryer fire on Alicia Road, according to the fire department.  The police received an emergency call at 1:35 a.m., according to Hyannis fire Capt. Craig Farrenkopf.  Firefighters found the first floor of the two-story Cape Cod-style house filled with smoke and a fire contained inside a dryer in the basement.  The man with the hand wound had awoken to smoke in the house, and he attempted to put the fire out himself.
Early Morning Tallahassee Fire Displaces Four - WCTV (2/24/2014)
TALLAHASSEE, FL - A house fire this morning left the people inside with nothing but the clothes on their backs.  The resident called 911 after smelling smoke in her home.  The mother and her three children were able to escape, but little to nothing could be salvaged.  Tallahassee Fire Department said the cause of the fire was a dryer which left an estimated $40,000 in damages.
Clothes Dryer Causes Fire - KUIK AM 1360 (2/20/2014)
BEAVERTON, OR - Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue was dispatched to a reported house fire in Beaverton.  When the crew arrived on scene, they found moderate smoke coming from the two-story home.  The crews quickly located the fire in a second-floor laundry room and extinguished the fire.  A TVF&R Fire Investigator determined that the fire originated inside a clothes dryer.  Damage estimate from the fire is approximately $25,000.  Thanks to working smoke alarms, the occupants in the home, including a dog and a cat, safely exited the structure.
Clothes Dryer Blamed in Townhouse Fire - By Laura Santos - WPTV NBC News Channel 5< (2/20/2014)
HOBE SOUND, FL - Two adults and several cats were displaced Thursday evening after a clothes dryer caught fire in the garage of their townhome in the 5600 block of SE Yorktown Drive, said Dan Hashburger, spokesman for Martin County Fire.  Firefighters arrived and found heavy flames and smoke in the townhouse.  The blaze gutted about 50 percent of the townhouse, Hashburger said.  The couple and their pets were able to leave the residence unharmed, Hashburger said.
Fire Started in Dryer - WKYT CBS Local News (2/19/2014)
LEXINGTON, KY - A family was unharmed Wednesday morning after a fire in their Lexington home.  Lexington Firefighters say it started out as a dryer fire inside the duplex on Norwood Circle, off Kenesaw Drive.  They say the fire then spread through the walls, but they tell us crews were able to keep it contained to just the laundry room.
Dryer Fire - By Kristina Smith - The News Messenger (2/13/2014)
BALLVILLE TOWNSHIP, OH - A township man was taken to the hospital after he overexerted himself trying to help fight a fire Wednesday at his neighbor's Whitney Drive home, the fire chief said.  He was treated at Memorial Hospital.  He estimated the damage to $15,000 and said it was limited to exterior of the home.  A snow drift was the main reason the fire started, Crowell said.  The dryer vents were covered by a 6-foot snow drift.  "Basically, his dryer vent was plugged with a snow drift," Crowell said. "It wasn't venting properly."  The dryer lint caught fire and then caught the house on fire, Crowell said.  The flames compromised the gas meter, which then started spewing gas.
Escape from Burning Home - Kenosha News (2/12/2014)
KENOSHA, WI - Kenosha's Carrie Jewell felt lucky to be alive Wednesday morning, just one day after a dryer fire nearly destroyed her north-side duplex and claimed the life of a family pet.  Jewell, 69, said it was about 6:30 a.m. when her son Brad Jewell, 46, began pounding on her bedroom window.  Kenosha firefighters arrived in subzero conditions and battled the fire for nearly three hours.  Kenosha Fire Department Battalion Chief Matt Haerter said the fire originated from a basement dryer and spread through the vent.  The home remains unlivable due to extensive fire, smoke and water damage.  Damage to the structure was estimated at $60,000, and to the contents at least $25,000, Haerter said.
Dryer Fire Causes $100,000 in Damages - CTV News (2/2/2014)
WINNIPEG, MB, CANADA - A dryer fire is being blamed for a Sunday night blaze in North River Heights.  Around 9:15 p.m., crews were called to a house in the 300 block of Oak Street, said police.  The fire was caused by a dryer, resulting in $100,000 in damages, said a fire official.  No injuries were reported. The fire is not considered suspicious.
Apartment Fire Displaces 4 - By Jordan Fifer - The Roanoke Times (2/1/2014)
ROANOKE, VA - Fire displaced four people from the Copper Croft Apartments in Roanoke County.  Firefighters arrived at the complex and found smoke and fire in an upper-level apartment laundry room.  Investigators determined that the fire started in the dryer's vent and was fueled by nearby combustible material, said Roanoke County Fire & Rescue spokeswoman Jennifer Conley Sexton.  The blaze did about $30,000 in damage, she said.  Two men who live in the apartment below were also displaced by water damage, Conley Sexton said.
Fire Started in Clothes Dryer - By Kendra Baker - Wilton Bulletin (1/29/2014)
WILTON, CT - The Wilton Fire Department received the call at approximately 10:40 a.m.  "The fire started in a clothes dryer," Fire Marshal David Kohn said on Wednesday.  Deputy Fire Chief Mark Amatrudo said he could see heavy smoke coming from the house when he arrived.  Norwalk and Weston Fire Departments provided mutual aid.  "Most of the damage was limited to the laundry room and rooms immediately adjacent to it," said Mr. Kohn.
Tumble Dryer Fire - Worcester News (1/28/2014)
WORCESTER, UK - A TUMBLE dryer fire at a house next to a pub near Worcester has been brought under control today.  Two fire engines attended the fire by the Berkeley Arms in Spetchley.  A spokesman for the pub said the fire was at a house next door to the pub, not the pub itself.  A spokesman for the Fire and Rescue Service said: "It was a fire in the laundry caused by a tumble dryer."  A spokesman said: "It did cause some smoke logging in the ground floor of the property."
Firefighters Respond to Dryer Fire - By Anne Stegen - ABC Channel 23 News (1/27/2014)
OILDALE, CA - At about 11:37 a.m., firefighters responding to the scene reported smoke coming from the rear of a 1600-square-foot house on the 200 block of McCord Avenue.  Fire crews forced entry into the home and quickly extinguished the fire in the laundry room caused by a dryer.  The fire caused $10,000 in damage to the home, but firefighters were able to save $80,000 in property damage.
3 Firefighters Injured in Fire - By Ralph Iannotti - CBS Pittsburgh Channel 2 (1/27/2014)
HUNTINGDON, PA - Three firefighters were injured responding to a house fire in North Huntingdon Township Monday night.  It started around 9 p.m. at a home in the 200-block of Cherry Lane.  The fire spread between the home and garage.  "We got called out to a dryer fire," said Assistant Fire Chief Mark Gibas. "Heavy fire and smoke out the rear of the structure.  It quickly spread into the garage, to a vehicle and that spread it into the rest of the home."
Dryer Fire Displaces Seven - By Samantha Allen - The Valley Dispatch (1/26/2014)
LOWELL, MA - A fire in a top-floor apartment on Cork Street on Sunday morning has reportedly displaced seven people.  Deputy Fire Chief Robert Flynn said crews responded just before 10 a.m.  Investigators determined the cause of the fire to be overheating in the dryer.  Flynn said occupants in that apartment were drying a blanket when the fire spread from the unit to the walls.  Flynn noted one man was taken to the hospital in an unknown condition.  Fire Department crews entering the building also found a Chihuahua they rescued on scene.
Smoke Detectors Save Family - Fox News Channel 66 (1/22/2014)
LAWRENCE PARK, PA - Fire crews made quick work of a fire early this morning, and it's all thanks to working smoke detectors.  A dryer caught fire in a home, setting off smoke detectors and waking up the family.  The residents were able to call 911 after the alarms went off, and fire crews had the fire put out in about 5 minutes.  Thanks to the smoke detectors, the family made it out of the home safe and sound.  Due to the frigid temperatures, about five fire crews were called to the scene.
House Fire Starts in Dryer - The Williams Lake Tribune (1/22/2014)
WILLIAMS LAKE, BC CANADA - The Williams Lake fire department responded to a house fire on Foster Way.  "The fire started in a clothes dryer and spread to the washer and part of the room as well," Fire Chief Des Webster said Monday.  "The fire damage was contained to the laundry room, however, there was smoke damage to the rest of the basement."
Dryer Causes Fire - Valley News (1/19/2014)
MENIFEE, CA - A dryer caused a fire today at a Menifee home, a spokesman said.  Firefighters received a 911 call at 1:52 a.m. from someone in the 33000 block of Jasper Circle.  They arrived to find light smoke coming from the single- story home, Riverside County Fire Department spokesman Mark Annas said.  The fire was contained 2:03 p.m., Annas said.
Dryer Fire - By Barbara Miller - The Patriot News (1/18/2014)
HARRISBURG, PA - A dryer fire caused damage to a home in the 1900 block of Park Street in Harrisburg, said a Harrisburg fire official.  Firefighters were called to the scene at 5:50 a.m., said Capt. Stephen Miller.  He said the dryer was destroyed and there was some smoke in the home, but little other damage.
Dryer Fire - Valley Independent Sentinel (1/16/2014)
DERBY, CT - There were no injuries after a dryer fire inside a home on Olivia Street.  Derby firefighters and EMS were sent at about 9:30 a.m. after receiving a report of smoke filling the home.  "The first crews went in and they found fire in a (clothes) dryer," said Derby Fire Department Assistant Chief Bob Laskowski.  "The fire was contained to the dryer and the vent duct." There was smoke damage throughout the house.
Firefighters Extinguish Blaze - 1340 AM WBIW (1/16/2014)
BEDFORD, IN - Firefighters from Shawswick Volunteer Fire Department because of a quick response were able to extinguish a dryer fire.  Four firefighters from Shawswick, who responded with one engine and a tanker.  Shawswick Capt. Bob Barber says lint in the dryer vent caught the laundry room area on fire.  "There was a lot of smoke in the home and we used a positive pressure fan to ventilate the area," Barber estimates damages at around $5,000.
Clothes Dryer Caused Townhouse Blaze - By John Wright - Murray Ledger & Times (1/16/2014)
MURRAY, KY - A clothes dryer has been determined as the cause of a fire that gutted one apartment unit and left the other three with water damage Monday at a townhouse on Cambridge Drive just outside of Murray.  Calloway County Fire-Rescue Chief Tommy Morgan said Wednesday that the determination was made by investigators with the Kentucky State Fire Marshal's Office.  "The fire damage was confined to the one unit but it was pretty well burned up," Morgan said.
Dryer Fire Contained to Laundry - By Liz Markhlevskaya - Fosters Daily Democrat (1/16/2014)
NEWMARKET, NH - Nichols Avenue was closed to traffic for about an hour Wednesday evening as fire crews worked to contain a dryer fire reported around 4:46 p.m.  The fire started as tenants of the two-story duplex were doing laundry, said Fire Chief Rick Malasky.  He said the fire took about 15 minutes to get under control.  "The guys did a great job knocking it right down," said Malasky.  Due to the smoke that spread throughout the building, residents in both units in the duplex were evacuated so that the homes could be ventilated.
Crews Douse Dryer Fire - By Teri Figueroa - The San Diego Union-Tribune (1/8/2014)
OCEANSIDE, CA - An Oceanside family escaped without injury after a dryer in their home caught fire, authorities said.  The blaze was reported just after 8:15 a.m. on Kraft Street, Fire Chief Peter Lawrence said.  A fire investigator determined that the blaze started in a dryer and spread into the walls and throughout the home, he said.  The fire caused about $70,000 in damage to the home and its contents, Lawrence said.  However, the damage led the city's building department to tag the home as uninhabitable.
No Injuries Reported in Fire - Murray Ledger & Times (1/3/2014)
MURRAY, KY - No injuries were reported Thursday evening from a fire in southern Calloway County.  Calloway County Fire-Rescue Chief Tommy Morgan said a clothes dryer was on fire in a utility room when CCFR units arrived on the scene and that blaze was quickly extinguished.  Morgan said information provided by the homeowners indicates that they had left the home for a short time after a load of clothes had been placed in the dryer and the appliance activated.  Upon returning, Morgan said the homeowners told him they saw smoke coming from the structure.  Morgan said the fire was confined to the dryer area, but smoke had spread through the entire home.
Family Displaced after Dryer Fire - By Doris Taylor - WKTR NewsChannel 3 (1/2/2014)
NORFOLK, VA - A family of five, two adults and three children, are without a home after a dryer caused a fire inside of their Norfolk home on Thursday night.  Witnesses told fire crews that they saw smoke coming from the home.  Crews arrived around 9:06 p.m, they were able to put the flames out by 9:35 p.m.  Officials have determined that the fire was accidental.  They say it was caused by a dryer in the utility room of the home.
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