Dryer Fire Articles (2010)

News articles that highlight the importance of properly exhausting the dryer.

Dryer Fire Information - Lint Buildup and Improper Venting Create a Real Hazard
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.

Fire Damages House - By Julie Clements - El Dorado Times (12/22/2010)

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.  â€œThe utility room is pretty well gutted,” Whiteside said. The renter was taken to the hospital with difficulty breathing.

Retirement Home Evacuates in Fire Scare - By Mary Jo Denton - Cookville Herald Citizen (12/21/2010)

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.

Four Displaced after Dryer Causes Fire - WAVY TV 10 NBC News (12/20/2010)

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 minutes.

Dryer Catches Fire at Celtics Owner's Mansion - The MetroWest Daily News (12/19/2010)

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.

Woman Burned in House Fire Caused by Dryer - By Joy Powell - Minneapolis Star Tribune (12/19/2010)

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 also responded.

Garden Hose Saves Home from Fire - St. Petersburg Times (12/19/2010)

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.

Dryer Fire Damages Home - By Andrew Hackmack - The Long Island Herald (12/16/2010)

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.

Fire Destroys Apartments' Laundry Room - By Kathy Adams - The Virginian-Pilot (12/15/2010)

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.

Fire Damages Home of 9-member Family - The Toledo Blade (12/15/2010)

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.

Dryer Lint Sparks Fire - By Christopher Placek - Chicago Daily Herald (12/14/2010)

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.

Dog Rescued from Fire-damaged Home - WVEC Channel 13 News (12/14/2010)

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 room.

Home Burns due to Dryer Blaze - The Morning Journal (12/9/2010)

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.

Dryer Blamed for Mobile Home Fire - WIS TV Channel 10 News (12/9/2010)

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.

Firefighters Put Out Dryer Fire - KGTV Channel 10 News (12/8/2010)

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, she said.

Dryer Fire Damages Home - By Mark Parrotte - WIVB Channel 4 News (12/8/2010)

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.

Fire Damages Home - Zanesville Times Recorder (12/5/2010)

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 said.

Dryer Fire Causes $6,000 Damage - Tonawanda News (12/3/2010)

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.

Firefighters put out Dryer Fire - The Stamford Times (12/3/2010)

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."

Dryer Fire Diplaces Family of Four - WAVY NBC TV 10 News (12/1/2010)

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.

Family Loses Home in Dryer Fire - WCSC Live 5 News (11/23/2010)

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.

Couple Suffer Smoke Inhalation in House Fire - By Will Harris - Crewe Chronicle (11/23/2010)

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.

Dryer Fire Guts Home - By Dave Rogers - Gloucester Times (11/21/2010)

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.

Police Identify Victim of Fatal Fire - By John Tunison - The Grand Rapids Press (11/18/2010)

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.

Home Destroyed in Fire - Osceola Sentinel-Tribune (11/17/2010)

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.

Dryer Causes House Fire - The San Bernardino Sun (11/17/2010)

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.

Dryer Fire Damages Home - By Roman GokhmaN - Contra Costa Times (11/16/2010)

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.  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.

Dryer to Blame in House fire - By Julie Hohnson - Press Democrat (11/10/2010)

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 Fire Causes Two-alarm Blaze - By Andrew Shaw - The York Dispatch (10/31/2010)

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.

Fire Damages Home - By Rona Proudfoot - Chattanooga Times Free Press (10/31/2010)

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 at the scene but was eventually put on a stretcher and taken away to be checked out for smoke inhalation.

House Fire - WDEF News CBS Channel 12 (10/26/2010)

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.

Dryer Fire Forces Evacuation at Apartment - By Karen Voyles - The Gainesville Sun (10/20/2010)

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.

Dryer Fire Damages Home - By Jeff Malachowski - The MetroWest Daily News (10/19/2010)

HUDSON, MA - The basement of a River Street home was heavily damaged this morning after a clothes dryer ignited a house 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.

Dryer Catches Fire - Fox News Channel 6 (10/19/2010)

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.

Fire Destroys Home - The Tidewater News (10/19/2010)

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.

Dryer Fire Displaces Residents - By Cynthia Roldan - The Palm Beach Post (10/16/2010)

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.

Family Escapes House Fire - By William P. Cannon & Rob Booth - The Utica Observer-Dispatch (10/15/2010)

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 were collapsing.

Fire Destroys Garage - By Mary Callahan - The Press Democrat (10/13/2010)

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 in the adjacent kitchen and throughout the house, Wandel said.  Fire investigators now believe the fire started in the dryer and quickly blew up, creating a glow visible from Highway 101, Wandel said.

House Fire Sparked by Dryer - By Pauline Repard & Susan Shroder - The San Diego Union Tribune (10/6/2010)

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.

Dryer Catches Fire - By Kate Thayer - Chicago Tribune (10/5/2010)

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."

Home Damaged in Dryer Fire - Cincinnati Enquirer (10/4/2010)

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.

Clothes Dryer Sparks House Fire - KVUE ABC News Austin (10/4/2010)

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.

Clothing Dryer Fire Extinguished Quickly - The Lincoln Courier (10/1/2010)

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.

Fire Caused by Major Buildup of Dryer Lint - By Jeremy C. Fox - Watertown Tab & Press (9/30/2010)

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.

Dryer fire reported - By Billie Owens - The Batavian (9/28/2010)

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 - By Joe Feldman - FOX CT and Grace Merritt - Hartford Courant (9/26/2010)

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.

Family of Three Homeless After Dryer Fire - The Times Tribune (9/22/2010)

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.

Dryer Blamed in House Fire - Beloit Daily News (9/20/2010)

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.

Smoke Detector Saves Family - By Jennifer Emert - WALB NBC News Channel 10 (9/20/2010)

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.

Crew’s Fast Action Keeps Dryer Fire from Spreading - By Don Bond - Norwich Bulletin (9/18/2010)

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.  â€œThe 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.

Heavy Smoke after Dryer Catches Fire - By Nicole Hernandez - The Florida Times Union (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.

Cats Treated after House Fire - By Allison Ryan - News Tribune (9/15/2010)

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.  â€œThere’s quite a bit of damage in the basement, around the clothes dryer,” Fire chief Gene Scheri said.

Dryer Fire Damages Home - The Chatham Daily News (9/14/2010)

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.

Trailer Destroyed by Fire - WAFF NBC Channel 48 News (9/13/2010)

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.

Dryer Blamed for Apartment Fire - WAFB CBS Channel 9 News (9/9/2010)

BATON ROUGE, LA - A dryer sparked a fire that caused $120,000 in damage to an apartment Thursday morning.  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.

Dryer Fire Damages House - By Charlie Van Sant - WHIO NEWS TALK RADIO (9/7/2010)

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.

Dryer Lint Sparks Fire - By Lizzie Hedrick - Rivertowns Patch (9/7/2010)

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."

Dryer Blamed for North Side Fire - By Dan Latini, Evansville Courier & Press (9/4/2010)

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.

Clothes Dryer Lint Causes $60,000 House Fire - By Danny Valentine, St. Petersburg Times (9/1/2010)

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.

Dryer Fire Quelled - By Bruno Matarazzo Jr., Salem News (8/23/2010)

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.

21 Cats, Dog Killed in House Fire - By Kevin Connor, Toronto Sun (8/18/2010)

TORONTO, CANADA - "A father and son got out of the house safely and the fire alarms were in working order. The fire started in a dryer," District Chief Mike Strapko said.  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," he said.  The family works with animal rescue groups, said Dr. Attila Koroknai, a vet at the Bathurst Dupont Animal Hospital.  "They take strays off the street and place them in homes, get them adopted. This is horrible. The fire was so sudden that nothing could be done,” Koroknai said.  "The home is totally gutted and even their dog died."Damage from the fire is estimated at $400,000.

Family Escapes Dryer Fire - KOCO Oklahoma City News Channel 5 (8/11/2010)

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - 6 People Escape Lint Fire In Dryer  The fire broke out just before 3 a.m.  Firefighters said the fire was caused by a lint back-up in the dryer.  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.  The family said they woke up thanks to the smoke detectors.

Dryer Causes Apartment to Catch Fire - By Julie Tork - KHAS Channel 5 News NBC (8/10/2010)

GRAND ISLAND, NE - A pregnant woman in the hospital and a Grand Island family is without a home Tuesday night after a dryer burst into flames. It happened in an apartment in Grand Island.  Two children 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.  Fire crews extinguished the fire in about ten minutes after arriving at the scene.  "The fire was contained to the laundry room area of the apartment," 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.

Clothes Dryer Catches Fire - Maple Valley Reporter (8/5/2010)

MAPLE VALLEY, WA - Maple Valley Fire and Life Safety firefighters were dispatched to a home fire.  Firefighters found the home owner outside and he stated that there was a fire inside the clothes dryer.  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.

Crews Race to Stop House Fire - WBNG - Channel 12 Action News (7/25/2010)

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.

Clothes Dryer Blamed for Fire - Des Moines Register (7/14/2010)

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.

Woman Hurt by Dryer Fire - By Ashley Studley - Milford Daily News (7/14/2010)

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 Lepak's dog.

Firefighters Save House and Cat from Dryer Fire - By Lisa Zahner - Vero News (7/13/2010)

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.

Dryer Fire Damages Home - By Robby Douglas - Citrus Daily (7/10/2010)

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 Causes Damage - By Emily Clark - Channel 4 ABC News Salt Lake City (6/25/2010)

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.

Dryer Fire Damages Trailer - Savannah Morning News (6/25/2010)

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.

Elderly Lady Suffers Smoke Inhalation After Dryer Fire - By Mike Wilkinson - Wiltshire Times (6/21/2010)

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 smoke inhalation.

Dryer Fire Damages Home - By Jason Bain - The Lindsay Post (6/19/2010)

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.

Fire Caused by Dryer - By Leslie Berestein - San Diego Union Tribune (6/11/2010)

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.

Crews Put Out Dryer Fire - KSBY NBC Channel 6 News (6/9/2010)

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.

Clothes Dryer Cause of Fire - By Elizabeth Richardson - Newnan Times Herald (5/29/2010)

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.

Teen Rescues Cat, Firefighters Revive Two Others - By John Branton - The Columbian (5/29/2010)

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.

Buildup of Dryer Lint Blamed for Fire - By David C. Shampine - Watertown Daily Times (5/28/2010)

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.

Dryer Fire Damages Home - By Robbie Douglas - Citrus Daily (5/26/2010)

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.

Fire Department Responds to Call - The Jamestown Sun (5/17/2010)

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.

Dryer Fire Causes $10,000 in Damage - By George Graham - The Republican (4/28/2010)

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 Closes West Street - By James F. Lowe - Daily Hampshire Gazette (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.

Dryer Causes Fire at School - Kingsport Times News (4/26/2010)

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.

Home a Total Loss After Fire - KAIT ABC Channel 8 News (4/26/2010)

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.

Home Damaged by Dryer Fire - By John Crawford - CFTK TV (4/22/2010)

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.

Tumble Dryer Fire Wrecks Home - By Catherine Pye - Lancashire Telegraph (4/21/2010)

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.

Clogged Dryer Vent Causes House Fire - WBTV CBS Channel 3 News (4/21/2010)

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.

Dryer Fire Burns House - San Diego News Network (4/18/2010)

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.

Dryer Fire Empties Rescue Mission - Grand Forks Herald (4/15/2010)

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, Boespflug said.

House Fire Causes About $10,000 Damage - Jacksonville Journal Courier (4/15/2010)

JACKSONVILLE, FL - 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.

Dryer Fire Causes Substantial Damage to Home - WRCB TV NBC News (4/6/2010)

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.

Fire's Smoke Renders Home Uninhabitable - By Charles McMahon - Foster's Daily Democrat (4/4/2010)

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.

Dryer Blamed for House Fire - By Nancy Gonter - The Republican (4/3/2010)

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.

Fire Destoys Gainesville Soldier's Home - FOX5 Atlanta News (4/1/2010)

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.

Blaze Originated In Dryer - KFOX14 News (3/31/2010)

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.

One Fire Destroys Two Homes - 9&10 News (3/31/2010)

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.

Man Injured by Clothes Dryer Fire Dies - By Gary Kean - The Western Star (3/30/2010)

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.

Dryer Fire Ignites Home - WTAE ABC Channel 4 News Pittsburg (3/16/2010)

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.

Fire Leaves Family without Home - WHSV ABC Channel 3 News (3/8/2010)

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.

Fire Forces Family out of Home - WCSC Live 5 CBS News (3/8/2010)

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.

Tumble Dryer Fire - This is the Westcountry (3/7/2010)

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.

Woman Escapes from House Fire - The Morning Journal (3/5/2010)

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.

Residents Escape Fire - Asbury Park Press (3/4/2010)

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.

Fire Forces Evacuation of Townhouse - WSLS NBC News 10 (3/4/2010)

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.

Firefighters Respond to Fire - By Dennis Yusko - Times Union (3/2/2010)

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.

Neighbor Spots Fire, Alerts Family - By Robert Boyer - The Times News (2/26/2010)

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.

House Fire Displaces Family - By Sarah Lane - The Washington Post (2/25/2010)

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.

Pets Die in Fire - By Cynthia M. Ellis - The Alton Telegraph (2/24/2010)

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 buildup.

Family of Nine Escapes House Fire - Fox 6 Now (2/22/2010)

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.

Nine Evacuated After Dryer Blaze - The Press (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.

Four Homeless After Flames Gut House - By Chris forshey - News Talk 1240 WRTA (2/17/2010)

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.

Fire Sends Seniors to Hospital - By Tammy Stables Battaglia - Detroit Free Press (2/11/2010)

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.

Dryer Fire Causes $18,000 Damage - By Kasey Fowler - Enid News and Eagle (2/10/2010)

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.

Red Cross Helps Family After Fire - WREX NBC Rockford News Channel 13 (2/5/2010)

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.

Family of 5 escapes 2-alarm House Fire - By Bill Kirk - The Eagle Tribune (2/5/2010)

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.

Fire Displaces Two Families - Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (2/5/2010)

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.

Dryer Fire Leaves Family Without Home - By Monica Pryts - The Sharon Herald (2/3/2010)

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.

Fire Causes $20,000 Damage to Home - By Rona Proudfoot - The Chronicle-Telegram (2/2/2010)

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.

Fire Destroys Home - By Greg Little - The Gonzales Inquirer (1/28/2010)

EDGEWATER, FL - 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.

Clothes-dryer Fire - By Henry Frederick - New Smyrna Beach News (1/28/2010)

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.

Dryer Lint Causes House to Burn - Springfield State Journal-Register (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.

Dryer Fire - Navarre Press (1/26/2010)

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.

Clothes Dryer Blamed for Fire - WTOP 103.5 FM News Radio (1/22/2010)

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.

Dryer Fire Damages House - The Patriot Ledger (1/14/2010)

QUINCY,MA - 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.

Tumble Dryer Sparks Blaze Drama - The St. Helens Reporter (1/13/2010)

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.

Clothes Dryer Ignites, Damaging Home - The Canton Rep (1/12/2010)

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.

Clothes Dryer Blamed for Apartment Fire - By Alexander Supgul - FOX News Houston (1/5/2010)

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.

Riviera Beach Fire - WPBF ABC News Channel 25 (1/4/2010)

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.

Fire Destroys Battlefield Farmhouse - By Pamela Gould - The Free Lance Star (1/4/2010)

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.

Fire Displaces Family - WKOW TV ABC News Madison (1/4/2010)

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.

Fire Damages Home in St.Clair Township - By Tara Hagan - Ontario Observer (1/3/2010)

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.

Two Firefighters Injured in Blaze - By Mick Zawislak - Chicago Daily Herald (1/2/2010)

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.

Fire Damages Kittery Home - By Geoff Cunningham Jr. - Foster's Daily Democrat (1/2/2010)

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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