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Appliance Sparked Fire - The Greeneville Sun (7/22/2015)
GREENEVILLE, TN - A fire Sunday afternoon that heavily damaged a Hartshaw Lane house started as a result of a clothes dryer that caught fire, sheriff's Deputy Greg Tipton said in a report.  The homeowner told deputies that he and his wife "found the back room where the dryer was engulfed in flames," the report said.  Damage to the brick house is estimated at $70,000.  Damage to contents of the house was estimated earlier this week at $8,000.
Apartment Building Dryer Fire - The Northwest Indiana Times (7/22/2015)
HIGHLAND, IN - A fire Tuesday night was caused by a dryer that overheated in the basement laundry room, Fire Chief Bill Timmer said.  When crews arrived, they found fire in the laundry room and heavy smoke in the 26-unit, three-story building.  Timmer said crews evacuated the building as they worked at the scene.  Crews remained on scene airing out the building.
Clothes Dryer Dtarts House Fire - By Emily Lane - The Times-Picayune (7/11/2015)
BATON ROUGE, LA - A clothes dryer caught fire inside a house in East Baton Rouge Parish, according to the St. George Fire Department.  The department said in a statement crews were called at 7:11 a.m. to the scene in the 13700 block of Rampart Court.  Firefighters extinguished the fire before removing the dryer from the house and clearing smoke using fans.  The house received smoke damage.
Home Demolished after Deadly Fire - Tristate Home Page (7/10/2015)
JASPER, IN - The home where three people were killed is demolished.  The house has been empty since the fire.  20-year-old Linsey Parsley, her 3-year-old son Robert Parsley, and Linsey's boyfriend 20-year-old Alex Snedeker died when the upstairs apartment they were living in caught fire.  The fire marshal's office determined the fire started in the clothes dryer vent.  Fire officials say the house did not have smoke detectors.
Dryer Fire Forces Man to Jump from Second Floor - By Gene Kang - CBS Channel 8 News (7/7/2015)
SAN DIEGO, CA - Neighbors helped rescue a man trapped inside his house from a fire.  They managed to coax the man down from a second-floor balcony, after his dryer caught fire, filling the home with smoke.  He was taken away on a stretcher, after three neighbors helped him jump to safety.  The fire caused a lot of smoke and fire damage to the house.  The man was taken to a hospital.  Smoke and flames damaged both floors of the house.
Dryer Fire Causes Evacuation - By Greg Watry - New Jersey Herald (7/1/2015)
HAMBURG, NJ - A dryer fire led to the evacuation of a condominium building off Falcon Ridge Way North.  According to Hamburg Fire Chief Bill Oehler, the department received the fire call around 6:45 p.m.  "When I arrived the police were evacuating the entire building," he said.  That's when we found out that it was a dryer fire.  "The homeowner had tried to put it out and was unsuccessful.  We were able to extinguish it," he said.
Crews Tackle Tumble Dryer Fire - By Callum Keown - The Herald (6/21/2015)
WALLINGFORD, UK - CREWS tackled an intense kitchen fire today.  The fire started in a tumble dryer at a house in Preston Crowmarsh and crews from Wallingford and Didcot attended.  The building was filled with smoke and the intensity of the fire caused a window to smash.  The fire service successfully put out the blaze and were on the scene for about an hour.
Residents Escape Potentially Deadly Dryer Fire - By Sue Buck - Hometown Life (6/21/2015)
GARDEN CITY, MI - Two people escaped a potentially deadly incident.  A man and woman were sleeping in the basement at the time.  The man woke up coughing and smelling smoke and called 9-1-1.  Clothes in and outside of the dryer caught fire.  The two people made it up the stairs and out of the house with soot on their faces.  They were treated at the scene.
Firefighters put out Dryer Fire - By Kevin Forestieri - Mountain View Voice (6/19/2015)
PALO ALTO, CA - A clothes dryer fire broke out inside of a home on Sierra Vista Avenue Friday morning.  Fire crews put out the flames, and there were no injuries, according to the Mountain View Fire Department.  The fire was discovered around 6 a.m. inside the garage, according to fire spokeswoman Jamie Garrett. The residents were able to subdue the fire with an extinguisher until fire crews arrived.  Garrett said it's important to frequently clean out the lint catcher, and clean out the ventilation of the dryer once a year.
Dryer Fire Causes $15,000 Damage - By John Counts - The Ann Arbor News (6/6/2015)
YPSILANTI, MI - A dryer that burst into flames caused $15,000 worth of damage at an Ypsilanti home Friday night.  Ypsilanti fire crews were called at 10:30 p.m. for the blaze, according to Captain Richard Barnabo.  "The dryer and some clothes around it were on fire," he said.  A neighbor had unsuccessfully attempted to extinguish the fire with an extinguisher before crews arrived.  Firefighters contained the blaze to the laundry room, Barnabo said.  There was $11,000 damage to the home and $4,000 in damages to the contents, Barnabo said.
Dryer Fire - By Derek Wiley - The Dalles Chronicle (6/6/2015)
THE DALLES, OR - Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue chief Robert Palmer said the cause of the fire was lint in the clothes dryer or the vent and while it didn't extend beyond the laundry room, there was smoke damage throughout the home.  The clothes in the dyer were burned as well as material on top of the dryer.  Palmer said home owners should pull out the dyer every six months to clean out the vent.  He estimated the damage was between $25,000 and $30,000.
Utility Room Fire - The Examiner (6/6/2015)
INDEPENDENCE, MO - A Friday morning fire displaced a family of five.  At 8:48 a.m., the Independence Fire Department responded to what was called a dryer fire.  Battalion Chief Brad Waterworth said the fire had spread through the laundry room and into the kitchen but was extinguished within five minutes of the call after Station 1 responded.  The laundry room was destroyed, the kitchen received extensive damage and there was smoke damage throughout the residence, Waterworth said.
People Displaced Fire - By John Penney - The Norwich Bulletin (6/5/2015)
GALES FERRY, CT - Crews were called to a single-family home for a report of a dryer fire.  Gales Ferry Fire Company Chief Anthony Saccone said four people were temporarily displaced from the residence.  He said one person was treated for smoke inhalation, but declined to be taken to the hospital.
Firefighters Douse Fire - By Katie Derosa - Victoria Times Colonist (6/4/2015)
VICTORIA, BC CANADA - Victoria firefighters put out a fire caused by an overheated dryer.  Firefighters were called around 1:07 p.m. today, after heavy smoke started pouring out from the upstairs level.  Crews went into the building and were met with white smoke.  Firefighters are working to put out hot spots and a fire inspector is there to determine what caused the dryer to overheat.
Dryer Catches Fire - By Mary Grace Eppes - WDAM Channel 7 News (6/3/2015)
JACKSON, MS - Fire crews are on the scene of an apartment fire.  Officials tell us that a dryer caught fire on the lower level of one of the units.  The top and bottom floors had to be evacuated.  The units sustained heavy smoke damage.
Apartment Fire - Upmatters.com / Local 3 News (5/31/2015)
ESCANABA, MI - All residents were safely evacuated in an early morning fire at an apartment complex.  Escanaba Public Safety responded for the report of a fire in an apartment building.  Upon arrival, the first officers on scene observed heavy smoke coming from the apartment building.  Officers entered the laundry room that was filled with heavy smoke and found a dryer on fire.  Officers extinguished the fire in a short amount of time.  The building was filled with heavy smoke and had to be evacuated.  There was fire and smoke damage to the apartment building.
Man Burned While Attempting to Extinguish Fire - WHIO Live 7 News (5/30/2015)
DAYTON, OH - A man was burned when he attempted to put out a dryer fire on Troy Street.  Crews were dispatched around midnight on a reported dryer fire.  Fire crews say they were able to put out the equipment fire quickly, but a man suffered burns when he attempted to extinguish the flames before firefighters arrived.  Six people will be displaced due to the fire.
Overnight Basement Fire - By Veronica Ortega - KLKN TV ABC News Channel 8 (5/28/2015)
LINCOLN, NE - Four people had to find a new place to stay after a fire broke out in their basement.  Firefighters say it happened at a home just after 1:30 Thursday morning.  They say the fire started in the dryer of the basement.  "The flames were reaching the ceiling when they exited the structure.  Fire units went downstairs and found the fire and extinguished it in a relatively expedient amount of time," says Battalion Chief Derald Murrell.  The fire inspector says the dryer is to blame for the fire and the estimated cost of damages is about $45,000.
Dryer Fire - By Amanda Kerstetter - NBC Nebraska (5/24/2015)
HASTINGS, NE - The Hastings Fire Department was dispatched to the residence shortly before 7:30 a.m.  Smoke was coming from the basement of the home when they arrived.  According to Fire Chief Kent Gilbert, a fire sparked in the family's dryer.  "When we got here we found that clothes had been burning in the dryer in the basement.  The family was able to get out of the building and evacuate," said Gilbert.  Fire fighters were able to contain the fire and while there was very little structural damage, fire officials said there is smoke damage throughout the home.  The family was able to make it out safely, but as of Friday morning, they had yet to find their pet cat.
Two Displaced Following Fire - By Wes Duplantier - The Register Citizen (5/20/2015)
SALISBURY, CT - Two adults were displaced following a fire.  According to emergency radio reports, Lakeville fire crews were dispatched for a dryer fire.  Firefighters reportedly arrived to find smoke showing from the home.  Falls Village fire crews were requested to the scene for mutual aid a few minutes later and the incident was termed a structure fire.
Dryer Fire Ignites In Home - WOWT NBC Omaha (5/15/2015)
OMAHA, NE - A northwest Omaha family was forced to evacuate their home after a fire ignited Wednesday morning.  The blaze started in a dryer in a utility room just after midnight.  The fire itself was contained to that room, but firefighters told WOWT 6 News the flames produced a lot of smoke.  The family got out safely and opted to find another place to stay for the night to give the home a chance to air out.
Fire Rips Through Home - By Zachary Comeau - The Worcester Telegram (5/1/2015)
UPTON, MA - A multiple-alarm fire that began in a dryer heavily damaged a lakeside home.  Residents who were home at the time called 911 to report the fire, which they said began in a clothes dryer, said Fire Chief Aaron Goodale.  "There was heavy smoke on arrival and fire showing shortly after,  he said.  Before a section of the home's roof collapsed, Goodale ordered all personnel out of the home due to the unusual construction and the  heavy fire  that was damaging the structure.
Dryer Fire Causes $250K in Damage - Burbank Leader (4/29/2015)
BURBANK, CA - A reported dryer fire at a Burbank home caused an estimated $250,000 in damagesand left one resident displaced, officials said.  Firefighters were called to a reported dryer fire, where officials saw black smoke showing from the rear of the single-story home, said Burbank Fire Capt. Peter Hendrickson.  The fire was "quickly knocked down" and contained to the room where it started, causing an estimated $200,000 in damages to the structure and $50,000 to its contents, Hendrickson said.
Fire Department Extinguishes Dryer Fire - 1340 AM WBIW (4/29/2015)
BEDFORD, IN - The Bedford firefighters extinguished a dryer fire at Hamilton Court Apartments.  There was light smoke damage to the utility room and upstairs, says Chief Jon Wagner.  The fire was caused from lint build up in the hose that vents the drier to the outside of the building.  "People don't think to check that hose," Wagner says. &qWe found a pretty good amount of lint in that hose which restricted airflow, which in turn caused the dryer to overheat and start a fire inside the dryer."
Fire Caused by Tumble Dryer - Droitwich Standard (4/17/2015)
DROITWICH, UK - Firefighters had to battle a blaze in Blackfriars Avenue which ripped through the ground floor of a semi-detached house.  The fire began in a downstairs utility room.  It was caused by an overheating tumble dryer.  Ventilation equipment was used afterwards to clear the smoke from the house.
Two Left Homeless After Fire - By David Kuharski - KDAL 610 News (4/15/2015)
WEST DULUTH, MN - A Wednesday morning fire has left two residents of a West Duluth apartment building homeless.  The Duluth Fire Department says crews were alerted to clothing dryer on fire.  First arriving firefighters reported that the flames had grown larger and beyond the room where the fire had started.  Crews knocked the flames in short order, but not before they caused 40-thousand dollars in damage to the building and fifty thousand dollars to the contents.  The fire marshal's office says the cause of the fire was due to a clogged dryer vent.
Clothes Dryer Sparks House Fire - By Terry Oparka - C & G Newspapers (4/15/2015)
TROY, MI - A clothes dryer sparked a fire at a home on Ledge Court.  Troy Assistant Fire Chief David Roberts said the resident was drying clothes in her dryer in the first-floor laundry room of the two-story home when the smoke detector sounded.  Firefighters arrived on the scene and saw light smoke outside and moderate to heavy smoke inside the home, according to reports.  Firefighters were on the scene for one hour.  The residents are making arrangements to stay with family member due to the significant smoke damage.  The fire started inside the dryer.
Dryer Sparks Fire - The Buffalo News (4/13/2015)
GRAND ISLAND, NY - A family escaped without injury when fire set off by a clothes dryer spread to nearby electrical wiring and to plastic water lines that burst and partially put out the fire, according to the Grand Island Fire Company.  Firefighters doused the rest of the flames with dry chemical extinguishers.  Deputy Fire Chief Chris Soluri said damage was estimated at $2,500.
House Catches Fire - NBC Miami News Channel 6 (4/13/2015)
MIAMI, FL - Fire rescue crews were busy responding to a house fire in northwest Miami-Dade.  The fire was at a home located in northwest Miami-Dade's El Portal neighborhood.  Chopper 6 aerials show the home with plumes of smoke rising from the front of the house.  Fire officials said the fire was started by a dryer.
Dryer Fire Forces Family from Home - WPVI-TV ABC Channel 6 Action News (4/13/2015)
BELLMAWR, NJ - A smoky fire has forced a family out of their home in Camden County.  The blaze broke out at 11:30 p.m. in the 100 block of Spruce Street.  Fire officials tell Action News someone inside the house smelled smoke and woke everyone up before the smoke alarms went off.  Investigators say the fire started in a dryer.
Family Displaced by Fire - By Kevin Jenkins - The St. George Spectrum (4/9/2015)
SAINT GEORGE, UT - Seven people were displaced from their home following a fire that began in a clothes dryer and spread to the home's structure.  Stan Hawkins, who owns the house, said his renters include a couple with five children.  The family may be out for as long as six weeks while a restoration company deals with the damages.  "The fire was contained to the garage and the laundry, but there was smoke throughout (the house)," he said.  St. George Fire Department Capt. Rob Hooper said emergency responders received a page at stating there was a fire in the dryer.  When a first responder arrived, he observed smoke and flames coming from the garage.  Five engines responded with 25 firefighters, and the blaze was contained and then extinguished within about 15 to 20 minutes, Hooper said.  Hooper said some of the home's occupants were treated for smoke inhalation.  Hooper estimate the home suffered about $25,000 in damage.
Fire Destroyed Home - By Brigid Beatty - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (4/9/2015)
MANOR, PA - Two women escaped unharmed from their burning home.  The fire broke out at around 2:30 a.m., destroying the two-story house.  "It's a total loss," said Chief Chad Evans of Manor fire department.  The fire originated in a clothes dryer, Evans said.  When firefighters arrived, the house was fully engulfed, he said.  The fire department had to return Wednesday morning to extinguish two hot spots that had rekindled.
Two Displaced After Fire - By Rhonda Roberts - WBAY ABC Channel 2 News (4/6/2015)
DE PERE, WI - Two officers and a tenant were treated for smoke inhalation after a dryer fire in De Pere.  De Pere police were the first to arrive on scene, and they were directed to the second floor apartments.  The officers found fire in a hallway near a dryer near a rear apartment.  Two officers and the tenant inhaled smoke and were taken to a local hospital for treatment.  The fire caused damage throughout the second floor and the kitchen area of the bar.  Two tenants were displaced from their apartments.
Dryer Fire - By Dave Herndon - The News Herald (4/4/2015)
ALLEN PARK, MI - One person suffered minor burns when a dryer caught fire.  Deputy Fire Chief Ed Cann said the occupant was in the house when the dryer erupted in flames, and suffered burns attempting to put the blaze out before the Fire Department arrived.  The department had a five minute response time and was able to contain the fire to just the dryer.  "Within about 10 more minutes the house would have been involved in flames," he said. "It's extremely important to empty the lint tray before every load of laundry, and on occasion open the front of the dryer and vacuum around the motor and the heat source." Cann said that the entire ductwork system leading completely outside of the house should be cleaned every few months in order to ensure there is nothing flammable left in the system.
Dryer Fire in Apartment Building - Cornwall Newswatch (4/3/2015)
CORNWALL, ONTARIO CANADA - It didn't turn out to be much of a Good Friday for residents in an east-end set of apartments.  They were evacuated after a dryer caught fire in a building.  The residents, along with their pets, were able to make it out safely and there are no reported injuries.  Four fire trucks were on the scene.
Dryer Likely Cause of House Fire - WTRF Channel 7 News (4/2/2015)
BELLAIRE, OH - A home in Bellaire is being ruled a total loss after a dryer caught fire.  Bellaire Fire Chief Bill Swoyer says when they arrived, heavy flames could be seen coming from the back of the house and along the roof line.  The homeowners' daughter was inside when the fire started.  She says she noticed flames coming from behind a dryer.  Swoyer went on to say the home appears to be a total loss.
Lint Starts Garage Fire - By Melissa Cantu Trevino - Alice Echo News Journal (3/31/2015)
ALICE, TX - Alice Firefighters responded to a garage fire on the 1600 block of Reynolds.  Lint built up behind the dryer and caught fire when the dryer was in use, Alice Fire Chief Dean Van Nest stated.  "This shows the importance of having a lint hose and keeping the filter clean," Van Nest said.  Lint accumulation is a serious fire safety issue and is highly combustible.
Apartment Fire Injures 3 Firefighters - By Matt Spillane - The Journal News (3/27/2015)
YONKERS, NY - Three firefighters were injured Friday night after a dryer caught fire in an apartment, officials said.  Firefighters fought flames in a second-floor unit of a garden-style complex, Yonkers Deputy Fire Chief Thomas Fitzpatrick said.  The fire had spread to duct work in the apartment before firefighters wrangled it under control around 6:10 p.m.  Three firefighters were taken to a local area hospital and treated for minor injuries, Fitzpatrick said.
Destructive House Fire Caused By Buildup Of Dryer Lint - KKTV CBS Channel 11 News (3/27/2015)
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - Three families were uprooted from their home after a fire ripped through both floors.  Fire investigators with Colorado Springs Fire Department say the fire was caused by a build up of lint in the clothes dryer.  Investigators say the lint got clogged in the vent pipe that goes from the dryer to the outside of the home.  The fire caused "significant damage throughout the house," Lt. Kriss Soppe told 11 News. "Smoke was very heavy and we've had also some interior structural collapse which makes it a lot more dangerous for the firefighters inside," Soppe explained.  The fire department says four of six family pets perished.
Fire Damages Home - By Dennis Hoey - Portland Press Herald (3/22/2015)
THOMASTON, ME - Overheated clothing in a dryer caused a fire that damaged a home on Sunday night.  Thomaston Fire Chief Mike Leo said it is not the first time that he has seen clothing catch fire after rubbing against a dryer's heating element.  In this case, the fire spread into a second-floor room and started toward the attic before firefighters were able to knock it down.  Leo said there was extensive fire damage to the laundry room and smoke throughout the home.
Dryer Fire - By Adelle Loiselle - Blackburn News (3/20/2015)
BELLE RIVER, ONTARIO - Fire officials in Lakeshore believe a fire at a home in the 600-block of St.Peter St. caused at least $20,000 damage.  The fire started in a dryer.  Fire damage is contained to one room although the rest of the house suffered smoke damage.  One person was home at the time, and nobody was hurt.
Fire Causes Thousands of Dollars in Damage - By Heather Lynn Peters - Muskegon Chronicle (3/20/2015)
MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, MI - A Muskegon Heights home sustained around $15,000 worth of damage when a dryer fire ignited on the main floor.  Muskegon Heights Fire Chief Christopher Dean said the fire was reported shortly before 8 a.m.  The damage to the home was contained to the interior, Dean said.  "Crew were able to quickly suppress the fire," he said.
Dryer on Fire - ABC News Channel 9 (3/10/2015)
DALLAS BAY, TN - A resident woke to the smell of smoke, called 911 and got out of house.  Dallas Bay VFD arrived at the scene to find a dryer on fire.  Marcus Frits, Chief of Dallas Bay, was first in scene.  Frits was able to knock the flames down.  Other members of Dallas bay helped carry the dryer that was still on fire out of the house.  Damage is about $5,000.
Home Fire Started in Dryer - Great Bend Tribune (3/7/2015)
JOHNSBURG, IL - Firefighters were dispatched to the single-story brick home at 3:35 p.m.  Chief Mike Napolitano said the occupant was standing outside and told firefighters that the dryer was on fire in the basement.  "Crews made their way to the basement where they found the fire and quickly extinguished (it)," Napolitano said. "Fire damage was limited to the room; however, smoke damage was throughout the house.  "The cause of the fire is believed to be the dryer.  It had overheated, catching the dryer lint plastic hose on fire.  The flames traveled up the hose and dropped down on contents in the room, causing the fire to grow quickly."
Firefighters Save Home Following Dryer Fire - Northwest Herald (3/6/2015)
JOHNSBURG, IL - Firefighters were able to put out a dryer fire and keep the home in livable condition.  McHenry Township Fire Protection District officials said they were dispatched for the fire located in the basement of a residential home.  The first unit to respond arrived in five minutes and found the fire in a dryer in the utility room.  Fire district officials said damage was contained to the dryer and the utility room, but said the entire single story home was heavily charged with smoke. Damage is estimated at $7,500.  The cause of the fire is directly related to a lint fire that occurred in the dryer.
Family has Narrow Escape after Dryer Catches Fire - East Grinstead Courier (3/6/2015)
EAST GRINSTEAD, UK - Firefighters were called to a semi-detached house when a tumble dryer left running overnight caught fire and caused serious damage to a family's home.  On arrival, firefighters entered the house to find the ground floor heavily smoke logged.  The fire was rapidly extinguished but the ground floor was left badly damaged by fire and smoke.  The tumble dryer was taken outside and the property was ventilated.
Dryer Fire Destroys Home - By Sarah Hollenbeck - KSHB Kansas City Channel 41 (3/3/2015)
GREENWOOD, MO - A Greenwood, Mo., woman needs to find a new place to live after a fire gutted her home.  Firefighters say the home went up in flames in seconds and started in the clothes dryer.  The woman at 1305 Tyler Lane told police when her dryer ignited, she rushed outside, and within moments, she was homeless.  Clothes dryers cause 15,000 fires a year, more than any other cause.  This time of year, birds are also a big factor.  They often build nests in vents, which can cause blockage and lead to a fire.  Dryer fires result in $90 million in home damage every year across the U.S., according to the CPSC.
Family Displaced After Clarence House Fire - Time Warner Cable News Buffalo (3/2/2015)
CLARENCE, NY - A family in Clarence is out of its home after a dryer fire in their basement.  Harris Hill firefighters said heavy smoke in the basement made it tough to find the fire when they responded.  The flames did spread to the first floor.
Parrot and Cat Killed in Fire - Lancashire Telegraph (3/2/2015)
LANCASHIRE, UK - A pet parrot and cat have been killed in a Oswaldtwistle house fire.  They died after a dryer caught fire in the front room of a home in Frederick Street.  Two dogs, believed to be a Jack Russell and a terrier, were rescued by firefighters from Accrington Fire Station.  Firefighters wore breathing masks to enter the middle-aged woman's terraced home and rescue the two dogs.  The front room was badly damaged by fire, while the remainder of the house suffered severe smoke damage, Mr Drinkwater added.
Fire Damages Home - By Assistant Chief Jim Eden - Lee's Summit Tribune (3/2/2015)
GREENWOOD, MO - The Lee's Summit Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire.  The occupant called 911 and reported the dryer was on fire.  The first arriving fire crew reported heavy involvement of the first and second floor.  Firefighters knocked down the fire in the ground floor basement area before entering the structure to extinguish the fire on the second floor.  The fire caused extensive damage to the house.
Clothes Dryer Fire Damages Home - By Rafael Guerrero - Yakima Herald (2/26/2015)
TOPPENISH, WA - A home was damaged after a fire started in a clothes dryer, according to a Toppenish Fire Department news release.  Firefighters said a smoke detector alerted a 13-year-old boy who was inside with his three brothers, while their parents were away at work.  The boy went to the laundry room and found the dryer in flames, which spread quickly.  The brothers left the house and called 911.  According to the news release, firefighters contained the fire to the utility room and bathroom.  Part of the attic was also damaged.  Damage is estimated between $35,000 and $40,000.
Clothes Dryer Ignites $150,000 Blaze - By Richard Brooks - The Riverside County Press Enterprise (2/24/2015)
CHINO HILLS, CA - A clothes dryer ignited a fire that caused $150,000 damage and displaced both of the house's residents, fire officials say.  Two vehicles burned in the garage and the entire house sustained smoke damage, Chino Valley Fire District spokeswoman Massiel Ladron De Guevara said in a written statement.  The incident underscores the need to check and clean household clothes dryers, fire officials say.  "Lint can build up in your dryer or in the exhaust duct ..., blocking airflow and causing excessive heat buildup that can result in a fire," according to the statement.  Dryers should be professionally installed and serviced, officials say.  The exhuaust vent pipe and vent flap should be peridoically inspected.  Finally, officials say, once a year -- or whenever the machine begins to take longer than usual to dry clothes -- lint should be removed from the vent pipe.
Clothes Dryer Causes Fire that Displaces Four - KXXV ABC News Channel 25 (2/24/2015)
TEMPLE, TX - A house fire that investigators say started because of a clothes dryer has displaced four people from their home.  The first responding unit saw heavy smoke coming from the wood frame house and called for additional units.  Crews were able to get the fire under control.  The kitchen, living room, and attic received heavy fire damage, with smoke and heat damage to the rest of the house.  Four were displaced by the fire.
Dryer Fire Closes Road - By Roland Cilliers - Huntsville Forester (2/24/2015)
HUNTSVILLE, ON CANADA - Firefighter crews from Huntsville and Port Sydney were called to a home on West Road.  Crews found heavy smoke when they entered the building.  Firefighters were able to quickly able to deal with the fire but not before it reached the structure's roof.  The residence was occupied by a single resident who was alerted by a carbon monoxide detector.  He was able to exit safely.  The source of the fire was a dryer.
Family Loses Everything in Dryer Fire - By Jerrika Insco - WLOS ABC Channel 13 News (2/20/2015)
BREVARD, NC - A Brevard family lost their home Friday morning in a dryer fire.  Chief Craig Budzinski with the Brevard Fire Department says the fire sparked at 10 a.m. in the laundry room.  Of the seven living in the home, five family members were inside at the time of the fire.  Even though they're left without their belongings and with only what's on their backs, everyone got out safely.
Fire Wrecks House - By Danielle Salisbury - Michigan Live (2/20/2015)
TOMPKINS TWP, MI - When Fannie Cornwell heard there was a dryer fire at her home, she figured she would have a mess in the laundry room.  "I didn't expect to come home to this," Cornwell, 67, said.  The fire looks to have destroyed Cornwell's house.  More than an hour after the initial call, flames were still visible, shooting up from the back of the house, and smoke filled the yard.
Family Displaced by Fire - By Allan Vought - The Baltimore Sun (2/19/2015)
EDGEWOOD, MD - A fire in a two-story townhouse in the 3300 block of Midland Court displaced the owner and her 13-year-old daughter; there were no injuries to the occupants or firefighters reported, Senior Deputy Chief Fire Marshal Oliver Alkire said.  The fire was caused by a clothes dryer, according to investigators.  Damage is estimated at $100,000 to the dwelling and $50,000 to contents.  The owner and her daughter are being helped by Harford Disaster Assistance.  The Midland Court fire was brought under control by 40 firefighters from Abingdon, Joppa-Magnolia and Bel Air volunteer fire companies and the Aberdeen Proving Ground Fire Department.
Dryer Fire Forces Evacuation - By Cameron Macko - The State News (2/19/2015)
EAST LANSING, MI - A little before 3:30 p.m., residents and students in class rooms in Hubbard Hall heard the familiar sound of a fire alarm ringing throughout the building.  "I thought it was a drill at first, to be honest," said mechanical engineering freshman Cameron Ploss.  Then he left his dorm to see a hallway, the fourth floor of South Hubbard Hall, filled with smoke.  Lt. Chuck Gagnier, of East Lansing Fire Department, said that the fire was a common dryer fire, and that the fire department was able to quickly put the fire out.  However, the smoke did not stay isolated in the basement, finding a way to climb to the top of the building through the ventilation system.  An hour and a half after the alarm was first pulled, residents were allowed back into South Hubbard Hall.
Dryer to Blame for Blaze - WTHR NBC Channel 13 News (2/16/2015)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - A family of two and their seven dogs escaped their burning home early Monday morning after they say the clothes dryer caught fire and they couldn't put it out.  The family had lived in the home for 30 years.  The home had working smoke detectors and damage is estimated at $60,000.
Dryer Fire Spreads, Displaces Family - By Eric Kurhi - San Jose Mercury News (2/15/2015)
SAN JOSE, CA - A dryer fire got out of control and badly damaged a home in the Cambrian neighborhood Sunday afternoon, displacing a family of four.  San Jose fire Capt. Mike Van Elgort said the fire department got the call after the family had unsuccessfully tried to douse the blaze.  "When we got there we saw it was already pretty well-involved," Van Elgort said. "The whole front of the house was on fire and it was threatening the property next door."
Home Saved from Dryer Fire - Morristown Green (2/8/2015)
MORRISTOWN, NJ - A Morristown family should be able to return to its home Sunday night after firefighters extinguished a dryer fire in the basement.  "Nothing was damaged structurally. There's a lot of smoke, which we're ventilating," said Fire Chief Robert Flanagan.  Asked for safety tips concerning dryers, the chief said: "The most important thing with dryers is to keep the vents clear, or they heat up."
Warning about Dryer Fires after Man Killed in Blaze - By John Matarese - WCPO ABC Channel 9 News (2/6/2015)
GOSHEN, IN - A fatal fire has local fire departments urging Tri-Staters to inspect their clothes dryers.  Benjamin Ledford, 33, died in the basement of his home, trapped by smoke and flames, authorities said.  A neighbor's claims that a clothes dryer fire was to blame for Ledford's death.  "I went around the back of the door in back of the house and saw that the dryer vent… was on fire," neighbor Ron Mitchell said.  A review of fire inspection reports obtained from the Ohio Fire Marshal's Office revealed there were 580 clothes dryer fires across Ohio in 2013 and 2014.  Nearly one in four was caused by lint buildup inside the dryer.  Cleaning the "lint trap" alone is not enough to prevent fires.
Firefighter Hurt, 4 Homeless in House Fire - By Barry Kriger - WWLP Channel 22 News (2/5/2015)
CHICOPEE, MA - A Chicopee firefighter was taken to Baystate Medical Center after being hurt outside a burning home.  Acting Chicopee Deputy Fire Chief Wayne Lemay told 22News firefighters were called for a report of a dryer fire.  "A rear first floor room was fully involved in flames," Acting Deputy Lemay told 22News.  Acting Deputy Lemay said a firefighter suffered an unspecified injury outside the house.
Dryer Lint Build-up | House Fire - The Prescott Daily Courier(2/5/2015)
PRESCOTT VALLEY, AZ - Fire officials believe an accumulation of dryer lint is to blame for a house fire.  "There was smoke pouring out of the eaves of the house when I arrived," Battalion Chief Brad Davis said.  "The fire was contained to the laundry room but there was extensive smoke throughout the house."
Two Firefighters Injured in Fire - By Andrew Metcalf - Bethesda Magazine (2/2/2015)
BETHESDA, MD - A two-alarm blaze destroyed part of a Bethesda apartment building.  Firefighters encountered significant flames, but all occupants were able to escape, according to fire department spokesman Pete Piringer.  Two firefighters suffered minor non-burn injuries extinguishing the two-alarm blaze.  Piringer said the fire was caused by lint in a dryer vent catching fire.  The fire displaced two families—including at least three adults and two children—and caused an estimated $1 million in damage, Piringer said.  After the fire, investigators found vent pipes "100 [percent]" clogged with lint, according to Piringer.
Firefighters Put Out Dryer Fire - The Findlay Courier (2/1/2015)
FINDLAY, OH - Firefighters extinguished a dryer fire Saturday morning.  Fourteen firefighters responded to the scene, where burned clothing was removed from the dryer and smoke was cleared from the building.  The department reported $2,500 in property loss and a $200 loss of contents.  Firefighters were at the scene for 45 minutes.
Dryer Lint Blamed in House Fire - By Nathan Phelps - Greenbay Press Gazette (1/29/2015)
ALLOUEZ, WI - A basement fire that caused about $15,000 in damage was caused by a buildup of lint in the dryer and its vent tube.  Green Bay Metro Fire Department officials say the department responds to these kinds of fires several times a year, but it's likely a more common occurrence than reported.  There was fire damage to the basement and smoke damage to the first and second floors.
Weekend Fire - By John Turk - The Oakland Press (1/25/2015)
TROY, MI - No one was hurt Saturday afternoon in a condominium fire that started in a dryer, investigators report.  Arriving Troy Fire Department personnel saw smoke coming from a four-unit condo, entered to extinguish the fire and check for residents inside.  Firefighters put out the blaze, which started in the basement, before it spread throughout the building, officials say.  Troy Assistant Fire Chief David Roberts said in a statement that the fire started in a dryer in the basement.  Roberts said: "The Troy Fire Department reminds residents to inspect their dryer and the exhaust duct to ensure there is no lint buildup which, if not removed over time, can ignite."
Dryer Fire Leveled Home - By Ryan McLaughlin - Bangor Daily News (1/14/2015)
GLENBURN, ME - Subzero temperatures Wednesday morning gave firefighters a bit of trouble as they battled a blaze at a mobile home on Ohio Street.  Crews from five communities were called to the scene, Glenburn Fire Chief David Braley said.  The call came in as a dryer fire, but by the time firefighters arrived, the blaze had spread and fire was blowing out through the front of the residence, Braley said.  Braley said the dryer was the main culprit of the fire, which was under control within two hours.
Dryer Fire Damages Apartment - The Daily Pantograph (1/12/2015)
NORMAL, IL - A fire in a clothes dryer caused about $10,000 in damage to a Normal apartment building Monday morning and left one family displaced.  Normal firefighters met a resident outside who said a clothes dryer inside her apartment was on fire, and it was spreading.  They found heavy smoke inside the apartment and used a thermal imaging camera to locate the laundry room.  There was heavy fire and smoke damage to the apartment's laundry room and moderate heat and smoke damage to the rest of the apartment.
Fire Chief says Fire Started in Clothes Dryer - North Umberland News (1/10/2015)
BEWDLEY, ON CANADA - A fire that destroyed a home started in a dryer, according to the fire chief.   Hamilton Township firefighters spent hours battling the fire that engulfed the Oak Street house.  Crews were called to the scene at 2:23 p.m., said Hamilton Township Fire Chief Kelly Serson.  On Jan. 11 Chief Serson went back to the house to investigate the cause of the fire and determined it started in the clothes dryer.  It is believed two cats died in the blaze, said Chief Serson.  Crews tried to enter the home but were overtaken by heat and smoke, he added. Neighbours watched as the fire consumed the home.
Homes Hit by Fire - Ottawa Sun (1/7/2015)
GLOUCESTER, CANADA - A dryer fire forced a Gloucester family from their home and caused an estimated $25,000 in damage to the townhouse unit, the Ottawa fire department says.  When firefighters arrived at the three-storey townhouse, they discovered a fire in the laundry room, a fire services report states.  They quickly extinguished the flames.  A woman and her three children were home at the time.  No injuries were reported, but the occupants have been forced to relocate.
Dryer Fire Causes Smoke Damage to House - SC Times (1/5/2015)
St. Cloud, MN - The St. Cloud Fire Department responded to a dryer fire early Monday morning. The fire was contained to the dryer, according to Battalion Chief Greg Newinski, but smoke and soot damage to the home could run into the thousands of dollars to clean up.
Dryer Fire Damages Apartment - By Tom Smith - Times Daily (1/5/2015)
FLORENCE, AL - A Sunday night fire damaged an apartment, authorities said.  Florence Fire Marshall Danny Simbeck said the fire was in Apartment A1 of the complex on Mars Hill Road.  Reports indicate the fire was reported to authorities around 10 p.m.  "It was a dryer fire and the firefighters were able to get it out very quickly," Simbeck said.
Fire Crews Knock Down Basement Fire - By Wes Duplantier - New Haven Register (1/2/2015)
NEW HAVEN, CT - City firefighters extinguished a dryer fire in the basement of an apartment in the city's Annex section Friday afternoon.  At least one person was displaced.  Traffic was blocked on Quinnipiac Avenue between Lancraft and Fulton streets as crews cleared the scene.
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