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Smoke Alarm Alerts Residents to House Fire - By Dana Hedgpeth - The Washington Post (2/1/2016)
SILVER SPRING, MD - Firefighters said a smoke alarm helped alert two adults and a child to a house fire that started after a clothes dryer overheated.  One of the adults was taken to an area hospital for non life-threatening injuries, according to Pete Piringer, a spokesman with Montgomery County Fire and Rescue.  The estimated cost of damage to the home was $135,000.  Authorities said they've responded in recent weeks to a number of fires that have involved dryers.  They recommended that people clean the inside of a dryer, along with the area around them at least once a year.  Firefighters said that if the area is not cleaned, there is a chance that a large amount of lint can build up and when a dryer is used the heat it creates can ignite the lint.
Fire Guts Home - By Greg Mellen - The Orange County Register (1/31/2016)
RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, CA - A family of three escaped injury after lint in a clothes dryer trap and ventilation hose ignited and gutted a $600,000 Rancho Santa Margarita house.  But the family's dog and cat died in the blaze.  Orange County Fire Authority personnel arrived to find a two-story, three-bedroom home fully engulfed.  Lint should be cleaned from a dryer trap each time it is used, he said, and the ventilation hose should be checked regularly to avoid build-up of flammable lint.
Family of Four Displaced after Dryer Catches Fire - By Megan Woo - NBC Channel 12 News (1/31/2016)
HENRICO, VA - A family of four was displaced after their dryer caught on fire.  When crews arrived on scene, they found smoke coming from the back of the building.  Crews said they found a fire coming from a dryer on the first floor of the apartment complex.  Fire officials say dryer fires peak in January due to winter clothes and the lint they produce.
High-rise Dryer Fire - By Alex N. Gecan - Connecticut Post (1/31/2016)
STAMFORD, CT - Though tenants had to wait outside for a bit as firefighters did their work, nobody was hurt after a dryer caught fire in a 12-story high rise.  Fire Capt. Michael Terenzio said that the fire started in a dryer on the third floor.  "The third floor was evacuated, and it looks like the damage was confined, except for, obviously, smoke damage," said Terenzio. As a precaution, firefighters recommend regularly cleaning highly flammable dryer lint out of traps and ducts.
Man Treated for Smoke Inhalation after Dryer Fire - Wirral Globe (1/29/2016)
PRENTON, MERSEYSIDE UK - A man was treated for smoke inhalation after attempting to put out a tumble dryer fire.  Firefighters were called and the man was assessed at the scene by paramedics.  Firefighters ventilated the property and carried out a home fire safety check before fitting two smoke alarms.  They remained at the scene for around 40 minutes.
Families Seek Help after Fire - By Donna Swicegood - Statesville Record & Landmark (1/28/2016)
STATESVILLE, NC - A fire, caused by a dryer, damaged a western Iredell County house and left two families without a place to live.  Fire damage was largely contained to the laundry room, said West Iredell Fire Chief Jerry Houston.  Houston said damage to the structure was estimated at $50,000.  West Iredell, Statesville Fire Engine 2 and Monticello fire departments, and the Iredell County Rescue Squad, responded.
Home Gutted by Fire - By Lisa Buckley - Nuneaton News (1/28/2016)
NUNEATON, UK - A warning is being issued to not leave appliances on while out following a major blaze.  A house fire has occurred in the Caldwell area of the town.  The cause of the blaze was a tumble dryer which had been left on while the residents where out.  The property suffered extensive damage with the kitchen, utility area and stairs destroyed, and the smoke and flames even reached to upstairs bedrooms, such was the intensity.  Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service, which sent three crews to the emergency, say this is the second tumble dryer blaze in a week and it wants to appeal to people to keep appliance off when out as well as night time.
Fire Damages Condo - News 12 Connecticut (1/27/2016)
STAMFORD, CT - A family is without a home after a fire destroyed part of their condo in Stamford.  The fire broke out last night on Seaside Avenue.  Fire officials say it started in the dryer and then spread to other parts of the basement.  The Red Cross is now helping the family of three and their three cats...
Dryer Fire Damages Apartment - By Lisa Buckley - Go Erie (1/26/2016)
ERIE, PA - A dryer fire this evening heavily damaged a Franklin Terrace apartment building.  The fire began in the dryer near the kitchen and spread to the kitchen and to the building's exterior, Erie Deputy Fire Chief Mike Fahey said.  There was significant damage to the apartment's kitchen and a back porch area, Fahey said.  Five other apartment units received light smoke damage, authorities said.
Dryer Fire - WKYT CBS News (1/26/2016)
LEXINGTON, KY - The fire started around 1:30pm at the home on Majestic View Walk, near Sandersville Road.  The woman told firefighters that she opened her garage door and noticed smoke pouring out of the laundry room.  Firefighters say the woman had left the dryer running while she went to shop, and that is where the fire started.  Battalion Chief Todd Samuelson says the home suffered major smoke and fire damage, "It's always a good idea when you do leave your home not to leave your dryer running and also do the proper maintenance to the dryer vent itself and make sure that lint doesn't build up."
Six Displaced After Dryer Causes Fire - KVUE ABC News (1/26/2016)
AUSTIN, TX- Six people are displaced after a clothes dryer caused a fire at an apartment complex.  The fire, which caused about $50,000 in damage, happened at Mission James Place apartments.  Starting in a dryer and eventually ending up in an attic, the fire damaged three apartment buildings.
Lint Causes Fire - The Charlottetown Guardian (1/26/2016)
TRYON, PE CANADA - Lint from a clothes dryer caught fire and set a home ablaz, the P.E.I. Fire Marshal's Office has found.  "This fire has been ruled as accidental in nature with the origin in or around a clothes dryer in the porch/laundry area, on the main level of the home," says the report from the Fire Marshal's Office. "The cause is attributed to the ignition of lint in the dryer and/or duct work." "The structure sustained heavy fire damage to the main level of the dwelling and smoke and water damage throughout the remainder of the home," said the fire marshal.
Firefighters Extinguish Three-alarm Fire; Firefighter Injured - By Stephen Peterson - The Sun Chronicle (1/26/2016)
FRANKLIN, MA - Firefighters battled a three-alarm fire Tuesday in a multi-family home that injured a firefighter.  The fire heavily damaged the three-story, four-unit building and displaced several residents.  The fire department received a 911 call at noon for a report of a fire in a laundry dryer at the home.  Arriving firefighters found heavy smoke coming from the rear basement, Fire Chief Gary McCarraher said.  The fire quickly extended to the first and second floor of the building, triggering a three-alarm response," McCarraher said.
Woman Overcome by Smoke at Dryer Fire - Laconia Daily Sun (1/19/2016)
LACONIA, NH - A woman was overcome by smoke inhalation when fire swept through their apartment.  Capt. Bob Landry said he arrived to find smoke pouring from the rear door and a woman in respiratory arrest on the front stoop.  Immediately firefighters began treating the woman, who regained consciousness.  Landry said the fire started with a clothes dryer and that the first floor of the apartment was damaged by heat, smoke and water.  Deputy Fire Chief Kirk Beattie, who took command at the scene, estimated the cost of the damage at $50,000.
"Abundance of Lint" in Dryer Caused Fire - CBS Live 5 News (1/19/2016)
NORTH CHARLESTON, SC - NCFD officials say an abundance of lint in a dryer vent caused a fire at a home on Dorchester Road.  When fire crews arrived they found smoke coming from a double wide mobile home.  Firefighters reported finding the fire under the trailer, and quickly extinguished it.  According to authorities, six residents were displaced by the fire.  "The fire was caused by an abundance of lint in the dryer vent," NCFD officials said in a statement.  "Residents are reminded to clean out the lint trap each time the clothes dryer is used and to move the dryer to clean the attached vent about every six months."
Residents Displaced by Fire - By Ashleigh Livingston - Plattsburgh Press Republican (1/18/2016)
ROUSES POINT, NY - A fire at an apartment building ousted several people from their homes.  Rouses Point Fire Department was dispatched for a report of a dryer fire in one of the units.  Crews were able to confine the flames to that apartment, Rouses Point Assistant Fire Chief Walt Laramie said.  The unit, however, is completely unlivable, he told the Press-Republican, displacing five individuals.  There is "significant smoke and water damage to the rear of the building," Laramie said.
Lint in a Dryer Vent Caused a House Fire - ABC Western Mass News Channel 3 (1/17/2016)
SPRINGFIELD, MA - Lint in a dryer vent caused a fire to erupt at a home causing several thousand dollars in damages.  When firefighters arrived they found the fire in the cellar of the home in Springfield.  Crews were able to quickly extinguish the flames.  "Lint in the dryer vent is how the fire started," explained Aid to the Fire Commissioner, Dennis Leger.  The fire caused about $5,000 in damages to the single-family home.
Fire Crews Tackle Blaze - Lancashire Telegraph (1/16/2016)
BLACKBURN, UK - Firefighters were called out to extinguished a blaze in an overheated tumble dryer today.  On arrival two Blackburn crews found the occupants standing outside the property.  They found that the dryer had ignited and spread to the kitchen units and a washing machine.  The blaze was tackled with one hose reel jet and a thermal imaging camera.  There was severe fire damage to the kitchen and conservatory and modersate smoke damage to the ground floor of the home.
Family Loses Home in Dryer Fire - The Bradford Era (1/15/2016)
PORT ALLEGANY, PA - A mother and her five children lost their Port Allegany home in a dryer fire.  Fire Marshal Cpl. Greg Agosti said the fire originated in the laundry room as a result of a plugged dryer vent.  The clothes dryer was in operation when the vent became plugged inside the wall near the discharge point, causing the dryer to fail to dissipate heat and for lint to ignite within the system, according to Agosti.  He said damage is estimated at more than $250,000.
Firefighter, Man Injured after Dryer Fire - By Daniel Brown - Chicago Sun Times (1/15/2016)
BATAVIA, IL - A firefighter and another man were injured Thursday after a dryer caught fire in a home in Batavia.  Crews responded to the fire, according to a statement from the Batavia Fire Department.  The fire quickly spread throughout the 48-year-old man's trailer, fire officials said.  One firefighter received a minor facial injury from falling debris and was treated at the scene, fire officials said.  The man was treated for smoke inhalation and a minor hand burn at an area hospital.  The trailer was deemed a total loss and not inhabitable, according to fire officials.
Dryer Fire Causes Resident to Lose Everything - By Katherine Shepherd - WGXA ABC News Channel 16 (1/13/2016)
MACON, GA - A Macon woman said a dryer fire cost her everything.  The fire started in a home at around 11:00.  The woman said she was at home with her daughter when the child noticed that there was a problem.  "My daughter came into the room and she's like, 'Mama , the dryer's smoking.' And when I got up and went in the kitchen it was fire." While she lost everything, she is thankful that she and her daughter got out, and now they will work to start rebuilding their lives.
Clothes Dryer Fire Displaces Four - By Pashtana Usufzy - Las Vegas Sun (1/11/2016)
HENDERSON, NV - One adult and two children made it safely out of a Henderson house after a fire broke out in the laundry area this morning, according to the city's fire department.  Fire crews were called about 8:30 a.m., according to Henderson Fire Department spokeswoman Kathleen Richards and the American Red Cross of Southern Nevada.  The fire was caused by the clothes dryer, and an estimate of the total damage to the home was not immediately available, she said.  Two adults, two children and a dog were displaced.
Three Dryer Fires - CBC Hamilton (1/11/2016)
HAMILTON, ON, CANADA - Hamilton Fire crews had a busy Sunday evening fighting dryer fires at three separate locations, all reported in the span of just over an hour.  Fires on Paling Avenue in the east end and Ontario Avenue in Stinson were both contained within the dryer, but a reported ire on Locke Street North had spread some beyond the dryer, said Hamilton Fire spokesman Claudio Mostacci.  Two people were assessed for smoke inhalation, Mostacci said.
Teen Escapes from Apartment Fire - CBS Channel 8 News (1/11/2016)
CHULA VISTA, CA - Frightening moments for a teenager, who managed to escape a burning apartment unit.  The 14-year-old girl was home alone and sleeping, when a smoke alarm woke her up.  The girl was able to escape and firefighters were quickly on the scene before the fire spread.  Crews said a dryer caught on fire.  At least four people were displaced.
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