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Lee County: Disregarded dryer    lint causes costly problem, June 24, 2008
“A North Fort Myers apartment went up in flames  while a mother and her four young children were inside. We found out what sparked  the blaze and why it can serve as a lesson for everyone.”

Read our article from the    Ft. Myers News Press, January 29, 2008.


Fire Marshal: Blaze Started in Dryer – By Jamie McCune – Hanover Evening Sun  (9/9/2008)
MOUNT JOY, PA – An Adams County fire marshal determined Monday that a house  fire that caused more than $100,000 in damage started in the dryer. Fire companies  responded to the home of Tina and Michael Midkiff just after 9 a.m., shortly  after Tina’s mother, who was visiting, returned to the home to find the fire  in progress. The fire burned through the laundry room and part of the adjoining  kitchen. Most of the damage was caused by smoke and heat, Myers said. “The  inside of the house has extensive damage,” Lt. Justin Myers of Alpha Fire  Co. of Littlestown said. “There was some very high heat in that house,  there was enough that it started to melt appliances,” county Deputy Fire  Marshal Jerry Poland said.

Cause of Fire Determined – Topeka Capital Journal (9/8/2008)
LAWRENCE, KS – The cause of a fire at 2832 Iowa has been classified as accidental,  a news release from the Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical department  said Sunday. The fire on Sept. 5 caused an estimated $80,000 damage to an apartment  located in the apartment complex. A clothes dryer that was incorrectly vented  into a wall caused a lint build-up to burn, the release stated.

Fire Shuts Down Day Spa – ABC Channel 4 News (9/4/2008)
SANDY, UT – A clothes dryer caught fire at a day spa inside the South Towne  Mall early just before noon Thursday in Sandy. An alert employee at Sanctuary  Day Spa saw flames coming from the appliance and quickly used a fire extinguisher  to keep the fire under control. A Sprinkler directly over the dryer also kept  the fire from spreading to other stores in the mall. No one was seriously hurt,  but one person was treated for smoke inhalation. The fire resulted in some  water damage inside the spa and the hallway outside.

Dryer Fire Quickly Doused – By Stu Skerker – Attleboro Sun Chronicle (8/30/2008)
MANSFIELD, MA – A remote fire alarm system, and the quick actions of firefighters,  are being credited with keeping a fire in a clothes dryer from spreading Saturday  afternoon. Fire Chief Neal Boldrighini said a remote central station fire alarm  and the work of the first responding fire crews kept a house fire at 1601 West  St. small and minimized damage. The company that monitors the alarms for the  homeowner notified the fire department as well as the homeowner, who had left  the house, after putting clothes in the dryer. The house suffered minor smoke  damage, and the 17-year-old electric clothes dryer will need replacing.

Dryer Fire Badly Damages Home – By Clark Mason – Santa Rosa Press Democrat  (8/28/2008)
SANTA ROSA, CA – A house fire earlier in the day at 32030 McCray Road was started  from lint in a dryer. The 800-square-foot home was badly damaged, although  no dollar estimate was immediately available. Tenants Jerry and Minnie Brown  were watching TV shortly before noon when they smelled curtains burning in  a back room. The Browns also tried to put out the fire with a garden hose,  Delsid said.

Woman Escapes Mobile Home Fire – Charleston Post Courier (8/28/2008)
CHARLESTON, SC – A woman escaped a mobile home fire Tuesday afternoonafter  her smoke alarm sounded, firefighters said. The woman was at home when the  fire started in her dryer at 3:53 p.m., Battalion Chief Eric Phillips said.  Crews contained the fire to the area around the dryer and later aired out the  smoke from the home. Phillips credited a smoke detector that firefighters installed  within the past two years with helping the woman avoid serious injury.

Clothes Dryer Starts House Fire – By Roman Gokhman – Contra Costa Times (8/25/2008)
SAN RAMON, CA – A kinked clothes dryer line clogged with lint overheated and  started a fire that caused $175,000 in damages to a house and injured two cats  Monday afternoon, according to the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District.  The blaze was first reported at 2:07 p.m. by neighbors of the house, Assistant  Chief Richard Price said in a news release. Neighbors alerted the resident,  who escaped unharmed. Two unconscious cats in the home were rescued by firefighters  and resuscitated with oxygen at the scene. One firefighter suffered a minor  burn to the hand but did not require hospital treatment.

Fire Destroys Home – The Bakersfield Californian (8/24/2008)
BAKERSFIELD, CA – A fire destroyed a single-story home and attached garage  and threatened an adjacent residence in southwest Bakersfield Saturday evening.  A dryer may have sparked the blaze, according to the Bakersfield Fire Department.  It took about 20 minutes to extinguish. Initial damage estimates are $165,000.  Embers spread to the wood shake roof of an adjacent house to the south, creating  lots of smoke, Moore said. But firefighters stretched a hose to protect the  neighbor’s house and put out flames that flared in a pile of wood in  the backyard and along a fence.

House Fire Injures 2 Teens – By Nomaan Merchant – St. Petersburg Times (8/20/2008)
ST. PETERSBURG, FL – An overheated dryer started a large fire that engulfed  a home and nearly killed two teenagers inside. The flames destroyed much of  the home at 1132 Maybury Drive and threatened nearby houses. Two teens — a  boy and a girl — were airlifted to Tampa General Hospital, Pasco Fire  Rescue Assistant Chief Mike Ciccarello said. The girl has been released; the  boy remained hospitalized Tuesday afternoon. A dryer was running inside the  garage, and a clogged lint screen caused the machine to overheat, Ciccarello  said.

Fire Displaces 7 People – By Celanie Polanick – Akron Beacon Journal (8/19/2008)
AKRON, OH – Seven people had to be relocated after a fire at their Akron Metropolitan  Housing Authority building on the city’s east side early this morning. The  Akron Fire Department responded to a dryer fire that occurred at a four-apartment  building. The fire was quickly extinguished, said Johnny Player, public information  officer for the department.

  Garden Hose Used to Control Fire – By Celanie Polanick – Valley News Dispatch  (8/19/2008)
PITTSBURGH, PA – A veteran firefighter and a garden hose were the first line  of defense against a dryer fire that almost claimed several homes. Although  Harry Rupert, 65, belongs to the Leechburg Volunteer Fire Company, he lives  a few blocks from where the fire occurred, and was first at the scene. Firefighters  say they’re grateful he was so quick to respond. “If it wasn’t for his  help, we probably would’ve lost the house. When Rupert arrived, he found two  neighbors using a garden hose at the rear of the house, where the downstairs  laundry room was fully engulfed in flames.

Home Destroyed by Fire – Monroe News (8/11/2008)
TEMPERANCE, MI – Chief John Bofia of the Bedford Township Volunteer Fire Department  reported a fire ignited in the dryer at the Pena Rucki home at 1040 Washington  St. When firefighters arrived, the electric service to the house had separated,  causing the entire house to be energized, the chief said. For safety reasons,  firefighters were not allowed inside until the electricity was shut off. Around  10 minutes later, crews from Consumers Power arrived and shut off the electricity.  However, the fire had spread and gutted the older, two-story home. Although  the house was still standing, the chief said it would have be torn down.

Fire Destroys Home – By Kathy Antoniotti – Akron Beacon Journal (8/11/2008)
AKRON, OH – A fire that started in a clothes dryer destroyed a Plain Township  home, Fire Chief John Sabo said. Sabo said no one was home when the fire started  in the basement. No injuries were reported. ”There was just a massive amount  of smoke and heat damage,” Sabo said. He said the fire was so intense that  it used up the oxygen in the ranch-style home and started to burn itself out.  Damage is estimated at $250,000 for the house and its contents.

Fire In Historic Home – NBC News Channel 30 (8/4/2008)
EAST HAVEN, CT – East Haven firefighters battled a fire at a historic home  on Silversands Road Sunday afternoon. The fire marshal believes the fire started  in an electrical dryer in a bathroom of the house, which was built in the 1700s.  Most of the damage was caused by smoke but, because of the layout of the home,  it took firefighters a while to find the flames, fire officials said.

Fire Destroys Home – KDFW Fox Channel 4 News (7/24/2008)
DALLAS, TX – A raging fire caused by a clothes dryer destroyed a rural house  in Argyle on Thursday afternoon. The Denton County Fire Marshal’s Office says  the family living there put some clothes in the dryer and went out. When they  returned, they found the house ablaze. The blaze sparked two small wildfires  in the brush surrounding the home but firefighters were able to extinguish  them. The house appeared to be a total loss. Estimated damage is $425,000.

  Fire – Mansfield News Journal (7/23/2008)
MANSFIELD, OH – A dryer fire caused moderate damage to a basement Monday morning.  City firefighters got the call at 10:36 a.m. and arrived to find heavy smoke  in the basement and light smoke on the main level.

  Fire Erupts in Utility Building – By Tarmo Hannula – Register Pajaronian (7/23/2008)
WATSONVILLE, CA – A fire erupted inside a utility building beside a Carey Avenue  home in Freedom Tuesday. By the time Watsonville firefighters arrived, flames  were gushing from the small outbuilding and a column of black and grey smoke  was issuing high into the sky. Fire Capt. Matt Ryan said firefighters got a  quick handle on the fire that appeared to have started in a clothes dryer.  Flames charred several walls and the roof inside the building.

  Four People Rescued from Carthage Fire – 700 WLW News Radio (7/21/2008)
SAN ANTONIO, TX – Four people were rescued from a one-alarm fire in a Carthage  house Sunday. Heavy smoke blocked the exit, forcing them to use a second floor  balcony. Firefighters arrived at the house just before 11 p.m. and found heavy  smoke coming from the second floor of the two-story, two-family home. One firefighter  suffered a hand injury when a hose line failed outside of the house. He was  taken to University Hospital. Damage is estimated at $10,000. The fire started  in a gas dryer in the basement.

  Fire Forces Evacuation – Jackson Hole News (7/15/2008)
JACKSON HOLE, WY – Lint likely caught fire in a dryer causing guests of The  Rust Parrot Lodge & Spa to evacuate on Sunday, said Rusty Palmer, Jackson  Hole/EMS fire chief. The fire was contained to one dryer, but the smoke that  spread throughout the lodge forced about 60 guests outside, Palmer estimated  the damage to the dryer and ceiling tiles to be about $5,000.

Fire Damages Miami Twp. Home – By Megan Wasmund and Doug Lillibridge – WCPO  ABC News Channel 9 (7/13/2008)
MIAMI, OH – There was no one home, and no one hurt, but the residents of a  Miami Township home have damage from a fire to deal with. A dryer caught fire  at a house in the 7400 block of Bridgetown Road just before 3:30 p.m. Sunday  afternoon. Police say a retired firefighter saw smoke, and called 9-1-1. It  took firefighters about 20 minutes to knock out the fire. Officials estimate  the damage to be between $5,000 and $10,000.

Dryer Fire – WCAV CBS News Channel 19 (7/11/2008)
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – The Charlottesville Fire Department responded to a call  about a house fire at approximately 12:40 pm Friday. A caller reported a garage  fire with people trapped. The Charlottesville Battalion Chief Jeff Garrison  said that the fire was actually a dryer fire. Two bystanders and a Charlottesville  Police Officer helped get the occupants out of the house. Two residents were  injured.

Dryer Catches Fire at YMCA, One Child Taken to Hospital – By Donny Wisor      – Gaston Gazette (7/9/2008)
GASTONIA, NC – A small fire at the Gaston County YMCA on West Franklin Boulevard    led to evacuations and one child taken to the hospital. Tony Sigmon, CEO    of the YMCA said the fire started in a dryer around 4 p.m. One girl had a    smoke induced asthma attack from the fire. She was transported by ambulance    to Gaston Memorial Hospital, according to Gastonia Fire Department Capt.    Jody Blanton. There were about 140 people inside the building when the fire    started, Sigmon said. Everyone was able to get out. This is the second time    the YMCA had a fire start in its dryer.

Dryer Fire Causes $10,000 Damage – The Capital Times (7/3/2008)
MADISON, WI – A dryer fire in an apartment building caused $10,000 damage    and resulted in a warning from the Madison Fire Department to call 911 immediately    when a fire is discovered instead of trying to deal with the situation on    your own. The fire was reported at 12:26 p.m. Wednesday in the two-story    apartment building at 511 W. Doty St., about 30 minutes after a building    maintenance worker discovered smoke coming from the dryer.

    Fire Damages Home – By Andrew Lightman – The Patriot Ledger (6/30/2008)
MILTON, MA – A two-alarm fire at a Blue Hill Avenue home forced a Milton    family of four to find shelter at a hotel. The fire started in the family’s    clothes dryer or a nearby vent, said Deputy Fire Chief John Foley. Milton    firefighters, with help from the Canton Fire Department, were able to control    the blaze quickly, Foley said. The fire caused heavy smoke damage throughout    the house. Damage was estimated at $75,000 to $100,000, Foley said.

Fire Severely Damages Dunbar Home – WOWK CBS Channel 13 (6/28/2008)
DUNBAR, WV – A father and his two daughters are without a home after an afternoon    fire in Dunbar. Firefighters say a dryer caused the home to go up in smoke    Saturday afternoon. Firefighters got everything under control rather quickly.    The back of the house received most of the damage. The family did make it    out safely. No one was hurt.

Cops Injured Fighting Fire – By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman – The Trentonian (6/28/2008)
LUMBERTON, NJ – Two quick-responding police officers were treated for smoke    inhalation yesterday as they extinguished a house fire before firefighters    arrived on the scene. Sgt. Nicholas Peditto and Cpl. Brian Walker entered    a burning Black Pine Lane residence about 1:25 p.m. and knocked down the    blaze that inflamed the house’s laundry room. The fire originated in a dryer.    Township firefighters soon arrived to vent the house of smoke and prevent    the flames from reigniting. The homeowners were inside the house when the    fire erupted, but they escaped the dwelling unhurt.

Dryer Lint Causes Costly Problem – By Kevin Ozebek – WZVN-HD ABC News Channel    7 (6/23/2008)
FORT MYERS, FL – A North Fort Myers apartment went up in flames while a mother    and her four young children were inside. Fire investigators say the woman    who lives in the apartment used her clothes dryer earlier in the day and    lint inside the dryer vent caught fire. “She’s never checked the dryer hose to see    if there was anything in it,” said Fire investigator Daryl Burton. Firefighters    were able to contain the blaze in the laundry room. The rest of the unit    has minor smoke damage and some water damage from neighbors who used garden    hoses to help put out the blaze.

Fair Avenue Fire: Family Picking up Pieces – By Katherine Harmon – The Evening      Sun (6/23/2008)
HANOVER, PA – Out of the ashes of the Haladej home, two firefighters brought      the owner a wedding ring that was found in the rubble. John Haladej, of      122 Fair Ave., took his wife’s wedding ring and placed it on his pinkie      as he watched the rest of the firefighters sifting through the debris that      used to be the home where he lived for 10 years. The first fire truck arrived      four minutes after the blaze was called in, but Cromer said the entire      front of the two-story home was already engulfed in flames. Firefighters      were able to keep the fire from spreading to the house next door. Haladej      said he was sure the dryer started the fire.

      House Destroyed by Fire – By Catherine Phillips – Worcester Standard (6/23/2008)
HARRISBURG, PA – The fire happened just before 1:00PM Sunday afternoon      in the 100 block of Fair Avenue. Fire fighters believe a dryer unit sparked      the fire. Investigators say the family of five tried putting the flames      out before calling for help. A 25-year-old man was taken to the hospital      for observation. No one else was hurt but officials say the home is completely      destroyed.

      Dryer Fire Forces Multiple Evacuations – By Alex Zdan – The Times of Trenton      (6/22/2008)
LAWRENCE, NJ – A dryer fire forced the evacuation of several town houses      in Lawrence Square Village Sunday afternoon. Police said a neighbor called      911 just before 3 p.m. about a fire in a second floor home. All neighbors      were safely removed from their homes, and firefighters quickly knocked      down the fire, which was believed to be caused by a dryer left running      when the owner left home. Police said there was damage to the laundry room      and hallway area in the home.

Dryer Fire Damages Home – The Express Times (6/17/2008)
WASHINGTON, NJ – A fire that started in a dryer destroyed a second-floor      laundry room at a Lenape Trail town house but no one was injured, a fire      official said. Firefighters were dispatched at 5:10 p.m., according to      the Warren County Communications Center. Fir departments from the borough,      Hackettstown and Washington Township responded to the fire, as did the      Washington Emergency Squad, said Keith Gonzales, a borough fire captain.

      Dryer Fire – WYTV ABC News Channel 33 (6/17/2008)
YOUNGSTOWN, OH – A fire scare this afternoon for a Boardman family when      their clothes dryer caught fire. The owner of the house says she smelled      the smoke first, then saw it billowing down the hallway. Crews were able      to put the blaze out quickly and keep it contained. Investigators say it      raises awareness of how important it is to empty your lent trap before      every use. Smoke damage is estimated at about 5-thousand dollars.

      Firefighters Contain House Fire – The Times of Trenton (6/17/2008)
EWING, NJ – Township firefighters, dispatched about 3:45 p.m. to Wiscasset      Avenue, arrived to find smoke billowing from the rear of a split-level      home, West Trenton Fire Co. Chief Ralf Brandmaier said. He said firefighters      soon discovered flames burning in the home’s utility room. The fire, which      began in a clothes dryer, had started to burn up a wall and was just seconds      away from spreading to the floor above, he said. But firefighters quickly      put out the flames and contained damage to the utility room, he said.

Dryer Fire Causes $10,000 Damage – By Justin Kmitch – Chicago Daily Herald      (6/11/2008)
NAPERVILLE, IL – A fire in the laundry room of a Naperville house caused      more than $10,000 damage Wednesday morning, but all four residents escaped      unharmed. Assistant Fire Chief Richard Mikel said firefighters responded      just after 10 a.m. “When we got there, the resident was doing a pretty good job containing      the fire with his garden hose,” Mikel said. “We finished it off,      though, and made sure there was nothing smoldering behind the walls or anything.” Mikel      said the\ accidental fire was caused by the dryer. “The fire was pretty      much contained to that dryer,” he said, “so we’re empasizing      the importance of keeping those machines maintained and lint traps clean.”

Firefighters Battle Flames In Severe Heat – New York 1 News (6/10/2008)
NEW YORK, NY – The city’s fire department battled a fire for two hours      in Tuesday’s intense heat in East New York. The FDNY says a fire started      in a laundromat and spread to a bank and another business. Officials believe      lint in one of the dryers ignited and spread through the duct work. Damage      is said to be severe. During the two hours needed to control the blaze,      firefighters rotated crews so no one would be overcome by the heat. Eleven      firefighters suffered minor injuries.

Woman in Hospital after Fire – Crawley Observer (6/4/2008)
CRAWLEY, ENGLAND, UK – A woman has been taken to hospital suffering from      smoke inhalation and shock after a house fire in Eastbourne. Three crews      from Eastbourne and Pevensey battled the blaze, which broke out in Winchelsea      Road. A spokeswoman said the blaze, which is understood to have originated      from the tumble dryer, caused “substantial damage” to the property.

Dryer Fire Guts Home – By Jill Whalen – Hazelton Standard~Speaker (6/3/2008)
HAZELTON, PA – A clothes dryer is to blame for a blaze that left four people      homeless in Black Creek Township on Monday, officials said. Area fire departments      responded to the fire, which gutted a two-story home. No one was injured,      although two cats owned by the family are missing. Area fire personnel      arrived to find the structure fully involved, said Joe Lescowitch, chief      of the Nuremberg-Weston Volunteer Fire Co. Lescowitch, who investigated      the cause of the fire, deemed it accidental and said it began in the clothes      dryer.

Fire Damages Home in Tulare – By Luis Hernandez – Visalia Times Delta (5/28/2008)
VISILIA, CA – A fire that started in a clothes dryer’s exhaust pipe did      an estimated $35,000 in damages to a Tulare home, displacing a family Tuesday      morning, a fire official said. Responding firefighters contained the fire      to the laundry room, Tulare City Fire Capt. Cameron Long said. But there      was fire damage to the garage and laundry room. “There was a significant amount      of fire in the garage,” Long said.

Fire Damages Vallejo Home – Vallejo Times Herald (5/25/2008)
VALLEJO, CA – A North Vallejo home sustained about $150,000 in damage Friday      night after a dryer caught fire, fire officials said. The flames started      at about 7:15 p.m. at the home on the 100 block of Leonard Street and quickly      spread to the attic, authorities reported. Fire crews reportedly had the      fire under control within a few minutes of arrival and no one was injured      in the blaze, fire officials said.

Clogged Exhaust Tube Sparks Fire – By Jesse James      Deconto – Charlotte News & Observer      (5/22/2008)
CARRBORO, NC – A clogged dryer exhaust tube was blamed for a fire that      destroyed a family’s laundry room and spread smoke damage throughout      their apartment. Firefighters responded after receiving a call from a neighbor      who heard a smoke detector sounding inside the apartment. The tenant had      left the dryer running, and neither she nor her daughter were home at the      time of the fire.

Group Home Damaged in Fire – By Jim Patten – The Eagle Tribune (5/21/2008)
NORTH ANDOVER, MA – A smoky, two-alarm blaze believed to have started in      a clothes dryer caused heavy damage to a one-story addition at the rear      of a group home at 285 Broadway yesterday. “We believe the fire was accidental      and started in a clothes dryer that had been left running and caught fire,” Deputy      fire Chief Charles Ripley said. The group home is a satellite home operated      by St. Ann’s Home, and 12 girls lived there. The one-story addition at      the back of the building appeared to contain a family room. That room and      a small area of the kitchen had fire damage, and there was smoke damage      throughout the remainder of the building, Gallant said.

Dryer Fire Renders Five Homeless – Tampa Bay’s CBS 10 News (5/6/2008)
WINTER HAVEN, FL – Fire, blamed on a clothes dryer, caused extensive damage      to a house in the Jan Phyl Village area late Tuesday. The Red Cross has      been called to provide emergency assistance to five adults who are displaced,      according to Polk County Fire Rescue. The fire broke out a little before      6 p.m. and first responders arrived to find the back half of the home in      flames.

Laundry Room Fire Forces Residents Out – By Wade Nkrumah – The Oregonian      (5/2/2008)
SALEM, OR – A dryer was blamed for a fire tonight that forced evacuation      of 88 residents from a Salem retirement building. Bill Holmstrom, a Salem      Fire Department spokesman, said firefighters responded to a 7:35 p.m. alarm      at Redwood Heights Retirement & Assisted Living Residence, 4050 12th      St.S.E. The fire, which sent smoke throughout the building, was traced      to a first-floor laundry room. Damage was estimated at more than $10,000.

Dryer Ignites House Fire in Shoreline – Seattle Post-Intelligencer (4/29/2008)
SEATTLE, WA – An overheated laundry dryer was the cause of a fire that      severely damaged a home Tuesday just before noon. Shoreline Fire Department      spokeswoman Melanie Granfors said smoke and flames were visible from the      house when firefighters arrived. A woman and her son, who were living in      the single-story house, were able to escape.

Dryer Catches Fire, Burns House Down – By Jorge Barrientos – The Bakersfield      Californian (4/25/2008)
BAKERSFIELD, CA – A two-alarm fire that destroyed a home Wednesday afternoon      started in the laundry room when a dryer possibly ignited some lint, fire      officials said Friday. No one was hurt in the blaze that left the all-wooden      house on the northwest corner of Wilkins and Augusta streets completely      burned. From the laundry room, the fire went through the house, to the      patio and through the attic, said Capt. Bryan Perry with the Bakersfield      Fire Department. “There’s      a lot of people that don’t check their filters in their dryers, and they should,” Perry      said. It took no more than five minutes for the fire to destroy the home,      officials said.

Clothes Dryer Fire Causes Hotel Evacuation – New Jersey Star-Ledger (4/24/2008)
NEWARK, NJ – A laundry room fire forced the evacuation of the Wyndham Hotel      on Scudders Mill Road in Plainsboro early today, though no injuries were      reported and the fire was contained to a clothes dryer, police said. Guests      and staff were evacuated for 45 minues after the 1:53 a.m. fire at the      hotel, police said. The fire started in a clothes dryer in a lower-level      laundry room and was quickly extinguished, police said. Smoke damage was      primarily contained to the laundry room, police said.

Dryer Fire Guts Home – By Joe Stevens – Long Beach Press-Telegram (4/22/2008)
LAKEWOOD, CA – A dryer caused a house fire in Lakewood on Tuesday afternoon,      authorities said. The fire destroyed the second level of a home on the      5100 block of Premiere Avenue, Lakewood Sheriff’s Lt. Bryan Proctor said.      Authorities estimated the fire caused $300,000 in damage. There were no      injuries.

Inmates Evacuated after Dryer Fire – The McAllen Monitor (4/21/2008)
EDINBURG, TX – Smoke and fire at the Evins Regional Juvenile Center forced      prison officials to evacuate dozens of inmates. Edinburg Fire received      a call shortly after 10 a.m. of a fire in one of the facility’s laundry      rooms. When they arrived, firefighters found a laundry dryer on fire, said      Edinburg Fire Chief Shawn Snider. “The dryer is destroyed and there is smoke damage      inside the room,” Snider said. Snider said dryer fires are common.

Teen Saves Toddler From Mobile Home Fire – WSOC TV Channel 9 Eyewitness      News (4/17/2008)
GROVER, NC – On Thursday, Blair Hawkins gave a tearful thank you to the      teenager that saved her toddler from a burning mobile home. “Because of you, today      my son is still alive,” she said, “I thank you from the bottom of      my heart.” She called 14-year-old Laura McDaniel a guardian angel.      Hawkins left her home, to take her 6-year-old to the hospital. A group      of her friends, including McDaniel, stayed at her mobile home with her      1-year-old son, Aiden Moore. They rushed out when a dryer fire started,      and then realized they left the little boy inside. Witnesses said McDaniel      ran in through the back door and grabbed Aiden from a playpen near the      burning dryer. Hawkins said her young family lost everything in the fire.      They have no insurance.

House Fire on Culver Parkway this Morning – By Nikki Rudd – WHEC TV      News 10 NBC (4/17/2008)
ROCHESTER, NY – A house fire sent smoke throughout an Irondequoit neighborhood      Thursday morning. Four fire departments responded to the fire. Laurelton      Fire Chief Miguel Santiago says a dryer caught on fire in the basement.      No one was home. Chief Santiago says some water pipes in the basement burst      due to the heat. That put the fire out before crews even got there, but      there was still a lot of smoke to deal with.

      Fire Destroys Home in Grover – By Kristen Thomas – The Shelby Star (4/16/2008)
GROVER, NC – A Grover family’s home was destroyed Wednesday evening after      a dryer caught fire. The mobile home at 2350 Cleveland Ave. caught fire      at 9:05 p.m. The family had lived at the residence for six years. Chief      Greg Harris of the No. 3 Volunteer Fire Department said the fire spread      very quickly and that the home was a total loss. “Four people were in the house but no      one was hurt. Everyone got out safe,” he said. “It took us 20      minutes to contain it.”

Dryer Believed To Be Cause Of Fatal Milton Fire – WBZTV CBS Local News      (4/14/2008)
MILTON, MA – A dryer is the cause of a house fire that ripped through a      Milton triple-decker, killing one man. The blaze started on Monday just      after noon in a laundry room on the second floor. Investigators believe      the lint from the dryer built up in a vent pipe, began to heat up and eventually      caught fire. The fire spread to the third floor, where a man was found      in a bedroom. According to the Massachusetts Fire Incident Reporting System,      there were 97 dryer fires in 2006, which resulted in one death and an estimated      $489,922 in damages.

Dryer Fire Leaves Family Homeless – Blue Springs Examiner (4/14/2008)
INDEPENDENCE, MO – A fire that started in a dryer late Friday morning has      left a family of five homeless. Assistant Chief Tim Krickle, with the Independence      Fire Department, confirmed that the fire spread to the first floor of the      home, causing extensive damage. He said one resident was treated for smoke      inhalation at the scene but there were no other injuries.

Elderly Woman Burned – CBS 3 Springfield News (4/13/2008)
SPRINGFIELD, MA – Shortly after 12:30 p.m. Sunday Franklin County Firefighters      responded to a house on Stone Valley Road. “Upon arrival there was very,      very light smoke and we initially thought it was just a dryer due to humidity      and conditions. But, when they went downstairs to investigate a dryer fire      they found it actually had a working fire,” said Orange Fire Chief Dennis      Annear. Fire officials said once they went inside they realized the situation      was even worse because an elderly woman stuck inside. “They pulled a woman      out and there were performing cpr on her. Then finally the ambulance got here.      They put her in the ambulance and they were sitting here for another 15 minutes      or so before they left with her,” said Elise Sluder, a neighbor. Officials      said the victim sustained smoke inhalation but had a pulse when she was      transported from the scene.

      Clothes Dryer Goes Up In Smoke – Alameda Sun (4/12/2008)
ALAMEDA, CA – Firefighters extinguished a clothes dryer that had burst      into flames inside a coin operated laundry facility on the 1100 block of      Pacific Marina. Firefighters fought through thick black smoke at the laundry’s      entrance to reach the fire, which firefighters put out with a pre-connected      hose line. The dryer was taken out of the business and firefighters kept      busy extinguishing lingering embers and hot spots before ventilating the      building.

Family Escapes After Dryer Fire in CK Home – by Josh Farley – Kitsap Sun      (4/11/2008)
KITSAP, WA – A fire late Thursday at a Conifer Drive home displaced a family      of five, according to Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue. The homeowner awoke      to find the two-story home thick with smoke — but was unable to get      downstairs to wake two of her children, reports said. She lowered one of      her children from the second story to safety, then jumped from the house      herself. She was then able to pound on the children’s windows downstairs      and they both escaped safely, crews said. She then called 911 from a neighbor’s      home. Firefighters doused the flames and kept damage to the home’s laundry      area, but heavy smoke damage was reported elsewhere through the house.      The family dog, which was in the basement of the house, was rescued by      crews. The Kitsap County Fire Marshal’s Office said the fire started in      the dryer.

      Cause Found in Early Morning House Fire – WSFA NBC Channel 12 News (4/9/2008)
MONTGOMERY, AL – The Montgomery Fire Department tells WSFA 12 News they      are treating an early morning fire on as an accident. Officials say the      fire was most likely started by a clothes dryer. The fire was well involved      when fire fighters arrived on scene, and it took 20 minutes to get the      blaze under control. There were no significant injuries, but one firefighter      was treated for first and second degree burns. Unfortunately, the house      is not liveable at this time because it was so heavily damaged.

Family Loses Home to Fire – By Chris Brennaman – WTOK NewsCenter 11 ABC      (4/9/2008)
DEKALB, MS – A trip to the grocery store Monday evening turned out to be      anything but ordinary for the Carpenter family of DeKalb. Kendra and Lyndon      arrived home just as two of their three children were running out of the      family’s burning house. Nothing in the home was spared from the fire, which      is believed to have started from the dryer. “We’re all heartbroken, but the most important      thing is our kids made it out safe and we’re all here, alive and well,” Carpenter      said. “That’s really all that matters.”

Clothes Dryer Started Shed Fire – Delaware Coast Press (4/8/2008)
MILFORD, DE – A fire that caused about $5,000 damage to a shed southeast      of Milford started in a clothes dryer that was operating at the time, officials      said today. The state Fire Marshal’s Office investigatged the blaze      in the 20000 block of Slaughter Beach Road. The Ellendale Fire Department      responded to the blaze in the 12-foot by 12-foot shed about 9 p.m. Sunday.

Dryer Blamed for $375,000 House Fire – Tri-Valley Herald (4/7/2008)
PLEASANTON, CA – A fire that apparently started in a clothes dryer caused      $375,000 damage to a two-car garage and attached single family house this      morning, fire officials said. Fire Battalion Chief Joe Testa said the fire,      which was reported at 5:53 a.m., destroyed the garage. There was also some      fire damage to the house, which is attached to the garage. The dryer was      in operation when the fire started, he said. One firefighter sustained      a minor injury fighting the fire. “The homeowner did the right thing, he got his family out safely,      then called 9-1-1-,” Testa said.

Apartment Fire Blamed on Clogged Dryer Vent – By Anita Debro – The Birmingham      News (4/3/2008)
BIRMINGHAM, AL – A clogged dryer vent sparked the fire Tuesday night that      destroyed 23 apartments at the Enclave at Mountain Brook, Irondale fire      officials said today. Fire Chief Randy Davis said lint built up inside      the dryer vent caught fire as the dryer was running inside a unit of the      apartment complex. The fire ripped through the building as Irondale, Birmingham      and Mountain Brook firefighters fought to contain the blaze. There were      23 families displaced.

Dryer Blamed for House Fire – By Bill Byrd – Times West Virginian (4/3/2008)
FAIRMONT, WV – A Tuesday morning fire that destroyed the home of a Colfax      family has been determined to be accidental, an assistant state fire marshal      said. “The      fire originated in the back of a dryer,” said Mackey Ayersman. The older,      wooden-frame farmhouse belonged to Tammy Shriver, a photographer for the Times      West Virginian. Shriver was home alone doing some laundry in the basement shortly      before 9 a.m. when the fire started. She and the family’s pets escaped      unharmed. But the house was destroyed.

Dryer Catches Fire in Camden County Apartment – Cherry Hill Courier Post      (3/30/2008)
LINDENWOLD, NJ – A dryer caught fire and the residents of an apartment      had to be evacuated this morning in Camden County, according to officials.      The fire broke out at the Landings of Pine Lake apartment complex, located      at 98 Oak Avenue in Lindenwold, around 6:30 this morning, authorities said.      Firefighters from Lindenwold, Clementon, Laurel Springs, Berlin and Somerdale      worked together and were able to put the fire out in about 20 minutes,      containing it to the single unit, according to officials. The apartment,      shared by a couple, was heavily damaged, fire officials said.

      Woman at Willingboro House Fire Later Dies – By Mari A. Schaefer – The      Philadelphia Inquirer (3/30/2008)
WILLINGBORO, PA – A 69-year-old woman died after she was pulled from a      burning house in Willingboro yesterday morning. At 8:52 a.m., 911 dispatchers      received a call about a clothes-dryer fire in the 100 block of Millbrook      Drive. The blaze had spread by the time firefighters arrived. The unidentified      woman was taken to Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden, where      she was pronounced dead.

Clothes Dryer Blamed for Fire that Left 10 Homeless – By Katrina Webber      – KSLA CBS News Channel 12 (3/25/2008)
SHREVEPORT, LA – Shreveport fire investigators believe a clothes dryer      caused a fire that destroyed a home early Tuesday morning. Ten people were      inside when the fire broke out around 1:00 a. m. All of them managed to      get out of the home, in the 3300 block of Frederick Street, safely, although      firefighters say they had to treat one woman who became upset. Firefighters      say flames and smoke were coming out of the front door by the time they      arrived. The house, though, could not be saved. The fire caused heavy damage      throughout it.

Fire in Dryer Displaces 4 – The Republican (3/23/2008)
SPRINGFIELD, MA – A clothes dryer fire caused $40,000 damage and displaced      four residents, said Fire Department spokesman Lt. Michael Richard. No      one was injured in the fire, which was reported just before 10 p.m., he      said. Four residents were home when the fire started but everyone got out      in time, he said. Investigators determined the fire started in a basement      dryer.

Dryer Fire Spreads, Destroys Home – By Geoff Larcom – The Ann Arbor News      (3/22/2008)
ANN ARBOR, MI – A fire that started in a dryer and spread to a nearby electrical      panel destroyed a home in Ypsilanti Township early Saturday morning. No      one was injured in the fire. The residents were evacuated and taken by      the Washtenaw County chapter of the American Red Cross to a nearby hotel,      said Ypsilanti Township Fire Capt. Kurt Owings.

Dryer Fire in Akron Causes $25,000 in Damage – Akron Beacon Journal (3/21/2008)
AKRON, OH – A blaze that apparently began in a dryer caused $25,000 in      damages at a home on Akron’s Bank Street. Firefighters responded to the      blaze in the 800 block of Bank Street, in East Akron, on Thursday afternoon.      The fire spread from the basement to the floor above, the fire department      said.

      Dryer Fire Damages Salon – The Sun Chronicle (3/21/2008)
NORTH ATTLEBORO, MA – Firefighters extinguished a fire Thursday morning      at a salon started accidentally by a clothes dryer. Firefighters were dispatched      at 2:20 a.m. after receiving an alarm and found the fire in the laundry      room, Fire Chief Peter Lamb said. Lamb said the damage was estimated at      $30,000 to $50,000. The fire damage was limited to the laundry room, but      smoke went throughout the building.

      North Wilkes Fire Claims Home – The News Reporter (3/20/2008)
WASHINGTON, GA – Ernest Clark looks on at his nearly destroyed home Monday      morning on the Elberton Highway north of Tignall. Clark said he and his      wife escaped unharmed after a fire started in a clothes dryer vent. Fire      Chief Alan Poss said that the lack of volunteer firefighters in the area      during the day was a problem, but firefighters were able to save part of      the home that housed family photo albums and heirloom firearms.

Woman Rescued from Roanoke Home Fire – By Neil Harvey – The Roanoke Times      (3/20/2008)
ROANOKE, VA – Fire crews rescued a woman Wednesday afternoon after a fire      trapped her on the second floor of a Southwest Roanoke building. When firefighters      arrived, Roanoke Fire-EMS spokeswoman Tiffany Bradbury said, “they found      a person who was hanging out of her second-floor window.” The woman,      Bradbury said, was trapped by a fire burning inside a clothes dryer. Crews      used a ladder to help the woman down and rescued her dog. The fire caused      about $3,000 in damage, mostly smoke and water.

      Dryer Fire in Montpelier – The Barre Montpelier Times Argus (3/18/2008)
BARRE, VT – A fire that started in the dryer and spread to the vent of      an upstairs bathroom was called in around 9:40 p.m. The incident caused      minor damage to a condominium and one person inside escaped without injury.      Had the smoke alarm not gone off, the fire could have been more harmful,      according to Montpelier Fire Chief Gesualdo Schneider. Schneider attributed      the fire to lint build up in the dryer.

      Structure Fire in Princeton Area – WVVA NBC Channel 6 News (3/9/2008)
PRINCETON, IL – This afternoon the Princeton Fire Department was called      to a house fire along Straley Avenue. A dryer caught on fire and spread      into the room. The fire was contained in that room, and firefighters were      able to get it under control.

      Clothes Up in Smoke During Dryer Fire – Northwest Florida Daily News (3/9/2008)
OCEAN CITY, FL – The Ocean City-Wright Department contained a small dryer      fire Sunday that caused an estimated $5,000 in smoke and heat damage in      the laundry room of the Pier 1 apartment complex. Responding to an emergency      call at 11:11 a.m., firefighters discovered smoke coming from the rear      of the structure.

Fire Leaves Family of 4 Homeless – By Michelle Dupler – Mid Columbia Tri      City Herald (3/8/2008)
BENTON CITY, WA – A family of four lost everything in a fire in their mobile      home Saturday, relatives said. All of the family’s belongings were destroyed      in the fire. They had no insurance. Templeton believed the family had lived      in the single-wide mobile home for about seven years. “It’s gutted,” Templeton      said. “There’s nothing left. It’s totally black. Whatever walls are still      standing are smoldering.” Templeton said firefighters she talked to      at the scene believed the fire started in the dryer.

Clothes Dryer Fire Displaces Couple – Castro Valley Forum (3/5/2008)
CASTRO VALLEY, CA – A clothes dryer started a fire that damaged a house      in the Washington Manor neighborhood last Wednesday afternoon. Firefighters      were able to extinguish the blaze within ten minutes, largely containing      it to the garage where the dryer was located and the front of the house.      No one was injured in the blaze.

Clothes Dryer Fire Displaces Couple – Lexington Dispatch (3/5/2008)
LEXINGTON, NC – A Holly Grove couple’s home was damaged by a fire      sometime Tuesday between 2:15 and 6:45 p.m., said Holly Grove Fire Department      Assistant Chief Herbert Frank. Holly Grove, Central and Triangle volunteer      fire departments responded to the call. The fire began in the clothes dryer,      Frank said. Fire damage was limited to the laundry room, but smoke and      heat damage affected the entire home. The homeowners went to stay with      family, he added.

Dryer Blamed For Apartment Fire – WLWT NBC News Channel 5 (3/4/2008)
MIAMI TOWNSHIP, OH – A fire damaged at least one apartment at a Miami Township      complex early Tuesday morning. When firefighters arrived, they found the      two-story apartment filled with smoke and a fire on the second floor. The      fire was knocked down relatively quickly, but extensive work was necessary      due to fire extension in the wall, ceiling and floor, said Assistant Fire      Chief Harold Thiele. Thiele said it appears a clothes dryer is to blame      for the fire, which did about $20,000 damage.

      Dryer Blaze – Vineland Daily Journal (3/3/2008)
VINELAND, NJ – Firefighters extinguished a small laundry fire at a group        home. Fire Capt. Robert Scarpa said the blaze started in a dryer and caused        damage to the laundry room. There was also heavy smoke damage throughout        the house, he said. Eight residents live in the one-story home, and no        one was injured, Scarpa said. Firefighters were on the scene for about        an hour.

Clothes Dryer Caused Deadly Chesapeake House Fire – The Daily Press (2/29/2008)
CHESAPEAKE, VA – Chesapeake fire officials say a clothes dryer caused a        fire that killed three people in a house fire Thursday. Authorities have        not released the names of the victims, who were found in a room above the        garage at the home. Captain Steve Johnson said all three are believed to        have been between the ages of 18 and 25. He said one of the victims apparently        went upstairs to help the other two but ended up trapped with them.

Teen Escapes Injury in San Leandro Fire – By Jason Sweeney – The Daily        Review (2/29/2008)
SAN LEANDRO, CA – A malfunctioning clothes dryer sparked a fire that caused        extensive damage Wednesday afternoon to a home on Farnsworth Street, fire        officials said. Alameda County firefighters arrived at the one-story, single        family home at about 3:30 p.m., according to Alameda County Fire spokeswoman        Aisha Knowles. Heavy smoke was coming out of the front of the residence        and was visible from five blocks away, Knowles said. Firefighters extinguished        the fire within 10 minutes of their arrival, Knowles said. There were no        injuries, but firefighters were unable to locate the cats. A dryer in the        garage was determined to be the cause and origin of the fire, Knowles said.        The house suffered extensive fire, smoke and water damage.

Fire Kills Mother, Son Who Tried to Save Her – By Edward Colimore and Peter        Mucha – The Philadelphia Inquirer (2/28/2008)
CHERRY HILL, NJ – Fourteen-year-old Bobby Ferrell had already escaped his        burning home in Jobstown, Burlington County, authorities said. But standing        outside with his brother and sister early yesterday, he realized that their        mother was inside, apparently trapped on the second floor. The athletic        ninth grader raced back into the smoke and flames to save her. Neither        he nor his mother, Michelle Ferrell, escaped the four-alarm fire, which        gutted their house in rural Springfield Township near Fort Dix. Ferrell,        53, and her children were home shortly after 4:30 a.m. when the fire broke        out in a clothes dryer.

Lint-filled Dryer Blamed for Fire – Erie Times News (2/27/2008)
ERIE, PA – Erie firefighters spent part of the morning Tuesday dousing        a blaze believed to have started in a clothes dryer. Firefighters said        they responded to the call at 1:56 a.m. Tuesday and had the fire under        control by 2:30 a.m. The fire started in a gas dryer in the basement, fire        inspectors said. They said the dryer’s lint trap was full and the lint        caught fire. The fire was contained to the basement, but there was some        smoke damage to the house’s upstairs, fire inspectors said.

Family Displaced Following Fire – Boca News (2/26/2008)
BOCA RATON, FL – Boca Raton firefighters responded to a structure fire        at 6503 N. Military Trail. Firefighters arrived to find smoke coming from        the structure. Firefighters made entry and found the fire in the laundry        closet in the kitchen area and quickly extinguished the fire. Fire officials        stated that the fire appears to have originated in the clothes dryer. Damage        is estimated at approximately $50,000. Eight families were evacuated and        the occupants of the affected apartment were displaced.

Dryer Fire Destroys Mosinee Home – Wausau Daily Herald (2/25/2008)
WAUSAU, WI – A Mosinee mobile home was destroyed Saturday evening in a        fire thought to have been caused by a dryer, according to the Marathon        County Sheriff’s Department. Nicole Boe, 21, was working on her laptop        computer Saturday evening when she smelled smoke in the mobile home owned        by her father, according to the police report. When she saw flames coming        out of the dryer and could not put them out, she and her brother, Timothy        Boe, 23, fled the home, calling police. Their father was not at home at        the time of the fire, which police reports say is thought to have been        caused by a faulty dryer part or a clogged lint filter. The home was a        total loss, police said.

        Apartment Fire Displaces Family – By Luis F. Perez – The Sun Sentinel (2/24/2008)
BOCA RATON, FL – A Saturday apartment fire in Boca Raton caused eight families        to be evacuated and displaced one. The occupant of the apartment came home        to find the door knob hot to the touch, said Frank Corregio, public information        officer for the Boca Raton fire department. She opened the door, noticed        heavy smoke and called 911, he said. Firefighters found the fire in a kitchen-area        laundry closet. Investigators said the fire appears to have started in        the clothes dryer. Fire officials estimate the fire caused about $50,000        in damage.

Apartment Fire in Dunbar – By Amanda Weber – The State Journal (2/23/2008)
DUNBAR, WV – A fire in Kanawha County leaves folks without a place to        stay Saturday night. The fire broke out just before six Saturday night.        No one was injured but some of the tenants had to be evacuated from the        building. &nsbp;Firefighters        say it appears a dryer started the fire. One apartment is a complete        loss.

Aide Dies After Helping Elderly Evacuate Fire – By Kate Augusto – The Boston        Globe (2/21/2008)
BOSTON, MA – A 51-year-old nursing assistant died today in Lowell after        she helped evacuate elderly residents from a nursing home during a small        fire in a dryer. Rawlene Lizotte collapsed outside the Fairhaven Healthcare        Center after helping to evacuate six residents, said Deputy Chief Patrick        McCabe of the Lowell Fire Department. Rescuers tried to resuscitate Lizotte        and rushed her to Lowell General Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.        Firefighters responded to the fire, which started in a dryer in the laundry        room.

        Dryer in Basement Starts Fire – By Victoria E. Freile – Rochester Democrat        and Chronicle (2/20/2008)
ROCHESTER, NY – Firefighters in Greece battled a basement fire that started        in a clothes dryer. Two children, ages 12 and 14, were sleeping in the        two-story house when the fire ignited, but they escaped safely before firefighters        arrived, said Barnard Fire Chief Jim Gallagher. Gallagher said it appeared        that the blaze started in an operating clothes dryer and quickly spread        to clothes piled on top and near the dryer. The basement had moderate fire        damage and charred structural beams, rafters and some electrical wiring,        Gallagher said. The remainder of the house had moderate smoke damage.

        Fire Goes to Two Alarms – McMinnville News-Register (2/19/2008)
YAMHILL, OR – A two-alarm fire Monday morning caused $75,000 to $100,000        damage to a Yamhill home and its contents. The blaze went to two alarms,        with Carlton, Gaston and Yamhill firefighters responding. The residence        is owned by Steve Belt, who has been renting it to Elmer Wyatt. Wyatt was        not home. The fire was traced to an electric dryer.

Dryer Fire – Watertown Tab & Press (2/19/2008)
NEEDHAM, MA – Police and fire departments both responded to Grey’s Laundromat        on Church Street with reports of a dryer fire. According to reports, when an        officer arrived at the scene, he saw flames coming out of “dryer no.        1” and used an extinguisher to help put out the fire. The fire        department arrived shortly after to put the remainder of the fire out.        Estimated damage is $6,000, which includes the dryer itself and smoke        damage to the wall.

        House Damaged by Fire – Quincy Herald Whig (2/18/2008)
QUINCY, IL – A Quincy residence was heavily damaged in a fire early this        morning. Twelve firefighters were dispatched to the scene and found the        back of the house engulfed in flames when they arrived. Quincy Fire Assistant        Chief Rob Tipton said the fire was started by a gas dryer. Flames damaged        the kitchen and the back portion of the house, with heat and smoke damage        reported to the rest of structure. The house sustained heavy damage, Tipton        said.

        House Fire – By Mark Puente – The Plain Dealer (2/16/2008)
CLEVELAND, OH – Two months after Howard and Kathy Brown paid off their        mortgage, their house was destroyed in a fire Friday that also killed        their dog. At least the couple are alive, their daughter said. “All of my memories from my        childhood are gone,” Kim Hixenbaugh said, fighting back tears. The        Browns were not injured, but Tippy, their pet Shih Tzu, was killed. The        house is a total loss, firefighters said. Accumulated lint in a dryer        vent ignited and caused the fire, Assistant Chief David McNeilly said.

        Fire Reported – Beaver County Times (2/15/2008)
BEAVER, PA – A clothes dryer fire at Rosemont Apartments, 199 Rosemont        Drive, Moon Township, forced the evacuation of several residents around        3 p.m. Thursday. Moon Fire Chief Charles Belgie Jr. said no one was injured        and residents were allowed to return to their apartments as soon as firefighters        aired out the building.

        Dryer Fire Causes Scare – WZZM ABC News Channel 13 (2/12/2008)
CROCKERY TOWNSHIP, MI – A woman in Crockery Township got quite a scare        this morning when her clothes dryer caught on fire and spread to the rest        of the house. The fire department was called to the home around 9:00am.        The woman reported a few moments later that she heard an explosion. The        fire department says these types of fires can be prevented by cleaning        out the lint trap and dryer vent.

        House Fire Traced to Bad Dryer Venting – By Barney Lerten – KTVZ NBC News        Channel 21 (2/12/2008)
BEND, OR – Inadequate dryer venting sparked a laundry-room fire that caused        extensive heat and smoke damage throughout a La Pine-area home, officials        said. The blaze spread throughout the laundry room area and began to reach        into the attic space above the laundry room of the two-bedroom home, built        in 1975 and valued at $285,000.

        A Dryer Is Blamed For a Nursing Home Fire – WHIO TV Channel 7 News (2/12/2008)
NEW LEBANON, OH – Fire investigators said a clothes dryer caught fire Tuesday        morning at a nursing home frightening the residents. It happened at the        New Lebanon Harborside Health Care Center on Mills road. Crews quickly        brought the fire under control, and no evacuations were necessary. There        are no reports on the extent of the damage.

        Woman Taken to Hospital After Fire Destroys Home – By Jaime Adame — Wenatchee        World (2/11/2008)
LEAVENWORTH, WA – A fire that began in a clothes dryer destroyed a single-wide        mobile home Sunday, said Capt. Bill Horner of Chelan County Fire District        3. A woman in her 20s was taken by ambulance to be treated for smoke inhalation        at Central Washington Hospital, said Horner. He said he did not know her        name, but that she was a resident of the home and able to speak with firefighters        at the scene. Horner said three-quarters of the home was fully engulfed        in flames when firefighters arrived. It took about an hour to contain the        fire, but the home and all its contents were destroyed.

        Smoke detectors credited for saving 3 – WWMT CBS News Channel 3 (2/11/2008)
KALAMAZOO, MI – A Kalamazoo family is safe thanks to working smoke detectors        in their home. A woman and her two children were able to get out of their        home in time Saturday night after a fire started inside. Investigators        think a dryer is to blame. It took crews about 20 minutes to get that fire        under control.

Dryer Blamed in Brothers 2 Fire – By Jim Wright        – Press & Sun Bulletin        (2/7/2008)
ENDWELL, NY – A popular Endwell restaurant, Brothers 2, early Wednesday        became the latest in a string of unrelated fires in the Binghamton area        in the past seven days. Fire investigators said the origin of the fire        was a gas dryer in the basement below the kitchen of the restaurant. “The first firefighter        into the basement said the flames appeared to be in the area of the drum in        the dryer, and the floor joists right above the dryer were burned off,” said        Broome County Senior Fire Investigator Thomas Vroman. Firefighters were        at the scene for nearly six hours dealing with the fire, which was confined        to the basement, said Endwell Fire Chief John Ruck. The fire burned a        hole in the kitchen floor, officials said.

        Dryer To Blame For Apartment Fire – WPXI News (2/6/2008)
EAST HUNTINGDON, PA – Firefighters had to rescue one person at the New        Stanton Commons on Sonny Lane in East Huntingdon Township around 10 p.m.        Tuesday. It’s believed a faulty dryer may be to blame. A resident put        a load of laundry in to it. When the person came down a few hours later,        the dryer had caught on fire. The fire was contained to the laundry room,        but smoke flooded the building.

        Dryer Vent Caused Overnight Fire – By Megan V. Winslow – Vero Beach Press        (2/6/2008)
PORT ST. LUCIE, FL – The Red Cross is providing aid to a local family of        five after a flames damaged the attic and electrical system of their home        late Tuesday night. St. Lucie County Fire District officials believe the        fire started from a dryer vent at the home, located in the 300 block of        Southwest Tulip Boulevard. Officials arrived at the home about 11 p.m.,        according to the Fire District.

Dryer Fire Displaces Four From Midtown Home – Alexis Huicochea – Arizona        Daily Star (2/5/2008)
TUCSON, AZ – Four people were displaced Tuesday evening after a fire broke        out at their Midtown home, an official said. No injuries were reported        but the blaze did cause an estimated $150,000 in damage. The fire has been        ruled accidental and is believed to have started in the dryer, said Capt.        Norm Carlton, a Tucson Fire Department spokesman.
Two Cats Die, Firefighter Injured in Early Morning Fire – The Morning Journal        (2/3/2008)
LORAIN, OH – An early morning fire at a Toledo Avenue home left two cats        dead and a firefighter injured, according to Lorain fire officials. A neighbor        called the fire department at 5:27 a.m. to report the house at 3624 Toledo        Ave. was on fire. The fire started in the back of the house on the first        floor, and it appears it was caused by an electrical dryer, Lorain Fire        Capt. Jeff Fenn said. The fire extended up the back of the house. Fenn        estimated the damage to the structure $30,000. The house is not liveable,        he said.

        Fire Displaces 3 in Springfield – The Republican (2/3/2008)
SPRINGFIELD, MA – A cellar fire in a 1½ story residence displaced        a mother and her two young children and caused approximately $5,000 to        $10,000 in damage, a Fire Department spokesman said yesterday. Jeannine        Pouliot and her children were alerted by a carbon monoxide alarm and        escaped the house without injury, said the spokesman, who said the fire        was caused by a clothes dryer. The three plan to live temporarily with        Pouliot’s family in Springfield, he said.

        Home Destroyed in Sunday Afternoon Fire – WAFF NBC News Channel 48 (2/3/2008)
SOMERVILLE, AL – Somerville Firefighters worked a house fire earlier that        destroyed a house Sunday afternoon. The fire happened on East Street just        off of Center Springs Road in Morgan County. The house was engulfed when        firefighters arrived on scene. Investigators believe the fire started in        the dryer. An elderly woman who lives in the house had oxygen tanks inside,        which exploded from the fire and heat. Everyone made it out safely, though        the house is a total loss.

Fire Extinguished at MB Hotel – By Kurt Knapek – Myrtle Beach Sun News        (1/28/2008)
MYRTLE BEACH, SC – The Myrtle Beach Fire Department extinguished a dryer        fire on Monday at the Blue Bay Motel, according to Assistant Chief Dan        Cimini. The fire was reported at 2:20 p.m. and put out a few minutes later        at the motel located on 1402 N. Ocean Blvd., Cimini said. The dryer was        located in a laundry room on the first floor of the building. One employee        suffered minor injuries, but was was not expected to be transported to        a hospital, Cimini said.

        Fire Destroys Crab Apple Lane Home – The Daily News Journal (1/27/2008)
MURFREESBORO, TN – A house fire that apparently started in the laundry        room destroyed a home at 5918 Crab Apple Lane Sunday afternoon. “The dryer        caught fire and the house was a total loss, I’m told,” said Detective        Sgt. Dan Goodwin of the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department. The home        was the residence of Terry and Sheree McBurney who lived in the home with their        three children. The living room, kitchen, utility room and master bedroom were        gutted, and the children’s bedrooms sustained water and smoke damage.

        Dryer Catches Fire at Retirement Home – Rochester Post-Bulletin (1/26/2008)
ROCHESTER, MN – Two or three people were taken to the hospital for smoke        inhalation after a fire broke out in the basement of a retirement home        this morning, Rochester Fire Marshall Vance Swisher said. The fire started        in a dryer at Beverly Health Care and Rehab East, 501 Eighth Ave. S.E.,        Swisher said. The smoke spread through the lower level, and residents there        were temporarily moved. Staff members tried to fight the fire with a fire        extinguisher before firefighters arrived. Damage was estimated at $10,000.

        Two People Treated for Smoke Inhalation – Visalia Times-Delta (1/24/2008)
VISALIA, CA – Two people were treated for smoke inhalation after a dryer        caught fire at an assisted living facility in southwest Visalia this morning.        Visalia firemen were called to the 3000 block of West Caldwell Avenue at        about 6:17 a.m. Firefighters had to force their way into a laundry room        in the south wing of the facility, and found clothes smoldering in a commercial        dryer. Damage of about $2,600 was limited to the clothes in the dryer and        the machine itself, according to a Visalia fire report.

        House fire on Crenshaw – Visalia Times-Delta (1/24/2008)
VISALIA, CA – At 7:42 a.m., Visalia firefighters were called to a fire        at 1030 S. Crenshaw St., damaging the house but causing no injuries. Three        teen-age boys were home when the fire started, said neighbor Terry Seth        and the boys’ uncle, Malik Lee. Both said the fire started in a dryer.        The boys, whose mother was at work, smelled smoke and tracked it to the        dryer. One of the boys opened the dryer and flames leaped out. They were        able to escape without injury. By about 8:30 a.m., firefighters were mopping        up from the fire. Charred furniture stood in the driveway and it looked        like the living room had burned.

        Family Homeless after Fire – By Laura Stradiotto – The Sudbury Star (1/24/2008)
SUDBURY, ONTARIO, CANADA – Clothes and furniture destroyed in a house        fire can be replaced, but pictures of a mother’s four children are priceless. “I’m        having a real hard time with that – losing their baby pictures. All the other        stuff is just material stuff,” said Rachelle Brown. Brown and her        four children – Victoria, 12, Matthew, 10, Lauren, 9 and Emma, 7 – were        left homeless after a fire that originated in a dryer consumed her house.

        House Fire Sparked by Dryer – By Mark Arner – San Diego Union Tribune (1/23/2008)
NATIONAL CITY, CA – The fire at the home on Third Street, near J Avenue,        was sparked by a malfunctioning dryer in the garage, said investigators        from the National City Fire Department. It caused $35,000 damage: $30,000        to the garage and $5,000 to its contents, said a spokesman for the Heartland        Fire dispatching service. The fire was reported about 11:15 a.m. Sixteen        firefighters responded minutes later from National City and San Diego,        with three engines and a truck, and brought the blaze under control in        seven minutes. No one was injured.

        House Fire Kills Six Cats – By Susan Younger – The County Press (1/23/2008)
LAPEER, MI – Three long-time Dryden Township family members are displaced        following an early morning dryer fire that killed six of their pet cats. “The homeowner        called it in to 9-1-1,” said Dryden Township Fire Chief Ray Evans. “She        was drying clothes and her dryer started to smoke. It spread quickly.” “We        contained the fire to the kitchen and the laundry room,” Evans said. “The        rest of the home had smoke and water damage.” The family was able        to save their two pet dogs, but six pet cats were lost in the fire.

        Mother and Son Die in Fire at Home – By Paul Nelson – Albany Times Union        (1/21/2008)
STUYVESANT , NY – A woman and her baseball-loving 11-year-old son died        Sunday as they tried to extinguish a fire that started in a clothes dryer,        authorities said. The fire did little damage to Malea Gravlin’s home, but        authorities believe the smoke was enough to kill the two. Stuyvesant Fire        Chief Steve Montie said the fire started sometime between 3:30 and 4 p.m.        in Malea Gravlin’s one-story, wood-frame home. Officials say it appears        a dryer in the house caught fire and the two were overcome by smoke as        they tried to put out the flames.

        Morning Dryer Fire at Beacon Hills Unit – Courier News (1/19/2008)
BRIDGEWATER, NJ – A dryer fire Friday in a condominium unit at Beacon Hill        forced residents in surrounding units to be evacuated for awhile. Police        and fire received the call of a fire at 9:09 a.m., said Bridgewater police        Lt. Jill Delin. The fire was located on the second floor of the two- and        three-bedroom townhouse units. Delin said Bunag was taken to Somerset Medical        Center for treatment of smoke inhalation.

        Woman Injured in North Codorus Fire – The Evening Sun (1/18/2008)
HANOVER, PA – An elderly North Codorus township resident was treated for        smoke inhalation Thursday night, after her trailer home caught fire. At        8:33 p.m., North Codorus Township Fire Co. and the Southwestern Regional        Police received a report of smoke odor coming from the home of Elizabeth        Stermer, 80, of 129 Rustique Drive. When they arrived at the home, the        rear of the structure was in flames, and eventually the entire structure        sustained fire and smoke damage. It is believed the fire started in a clothes        dryer vent. Stermer escaped from her home and was treated for smoke inhalation        at the scene. A neighbor who heard the fire reported over a scanner and        came to Stermer’s aid was also treated for smoke inhalation.

Blaze Displaces Care Center Residents – Asbury Park Press (1/17/2008)
HOWELL, NJ – A dryer fire at the Meridian Pinewood assisted living facility        temporarily displaced about 30 residents for roughly two hours at about        6:30 p.m. Wednesday because of smoke. Sgt. Scott Wall said the residents        did not actually leave the building but were taken to an adjoining portion        of the structure not affected by the smoke. A large number of emergency        workers from Howell and surrounding communities responded to be available        to evacuate anyone who needed to get to another location.

School Evacuated after Fire in Clothes Dryer – KGAN Channel 2 CBS News        (1/14/2008)
SIOUX CITY, IA – A TUMBLE dryer is thought to be the cause of a garage        fire at a home in London Colney yesterday evening. The family of four in        Kings Road were alerted to the fire by neighbours who spotted smoke billowing        out the windows. Two crews from St Albans fire station were able to stop        the fire spreading to the house, but it had already caused severe damage        to the garage. No-one was hurt in the blaze, which took fire firefighters        around an hour to put out.

Home Destroyed by Fire – Savannah Morning News (1/10/2008)
GUYTON, GA – The home of Don and Sandra Lowery on Shearouse Road was        destroyed in a fire last week. Effingham County Fire and Rescue Chief        Val Ashcraft said firefighters arrived shortly after 2 p.m. Jan. 2. Ashcraft        said the fire began in the dryer and spread to the roof. “I wouldn’t say it burned to the        ground, but with the amount of damage that was sustained to the home, it’s        not repairable,” Ashcraft said. According to reports, the home was        not insured and was a total loss.

Clothes Dryer Lint Causes Apartment Fire – By Theo Travers – WREG-TV CBS        Memphis (1/9/2008)
MEMPHIS, TN – The fire began shortly after 4:00 Wednesday morning. Firefighters        quickly put out the flames and came to the same conclusion the tenant did:        that a clothes dryer sparked the fire. Only one apartment unit was damaged        by fire, but three apartments nearby were also evacuated. Those apartments        nearby also suffered minor smoke and water damage. The leasing managers        plan to relocate those displaced to other apartments on the property.

Fire Destroys Mobile Home – By Lori Monsewicz – Canton Repository (1/9/2008)
CANTON, OH – A township couple lost their home to fire Saturday afternoon        when their clothes dryer ignited. Lynn Halsey, who is due to give birth        in July, said she was at work and her boyfriend, Mike Brady, and his aunt,        Chris Brady, were at home when the 2 p.m. fire broke out at their singlewide        mobile home. East Sparta Fire Chief Arnold Adams said the laundry room        and contents were destroyed and the remainder of the mobile home sustained        heavy smoke damage.

House Fire Displaces Family – By Chelsea Michels – Pocono Record (1/6/2008)
ASBURY PARK , NJ – A house fire on Asbury Avenue displaced five residents        and closed a road for several hours Saturday afternoon, officials said.        A fire in a laundry dryer at 1328 Asbury Ave. was reported around 2:30        p.m., according to Asbury Park Fire Inspector Garrett M. Giberson. The        blaze, which was mainly in the rear of the house in the laundry room and        kitchen, emitted heavy smoke and had started to extend to the second-floor        area, he said. Giberson said that the fire is being considered accidental,        and it originated in the dryer, where the tenant was doing laundry and        noticed that clothes were on fire. The fire displaced an adult and four        children, and the house will remain uninhabitable for a long time, Giberson        said.

Family Displaced by Fire – Pocono Record (1/5/2008)
GOULDSBORO, PA – A Friday night fire destroyed a mobile home in Pocono        Mobile Manor off Route 435. No one was injured in the 6:10 p.m. fire, which        started in a dryer, according to reports. Chris and Jennifer Martinez and        their four children, ages 8, 5, 4 and two weeks, were displaced. The family        was home at the time and managed to escape with the clothes on their backs,        losing all else in the fire, said Anthony Crawn of East Stroudsburg, father        of Jennifer Martinez.

        Clothes Dryer Blamed for House Fire – The Times of Trenton (1/4/2008)
HAMILTON, NJ – A blaze that began in the basement destroyed a house on        Pintinalli Drive last night, leaving a longtime newspaper reporter and        his family homeless, fire and police officials said. Officials said it        appeared to have originated in the clothes dryer. Officials said a member        of the O’Gorman family, going into the basement to do laundry, spotted        flames coming from the dryer and called 911 about 5:50 p.m. Thick smoke        was billowing from the one-story home and flames were leaping from the        basement windows when the first firefighters arrived, officials said. Officials        said the fire and smoke damage sustained to the home had rendered it uninhabitable.

        Dryer Sparks Small Fire in Ramona – North County Times (1/2/2008)
RAMONA, CA – A dryer fire, possibly caused by built-up lint, caused about        $2,500 of damage to a single-family house Wednesday night, fire Capt. Don        Davis said. Five fire engines responded to the fire in the 300 block of        North Hunter Drive at about 6:35 p.m., Davis said. The fire, mostly confined        to the home’s laundry room, was under control by the time firefighters        arrived after the homeowner doused it with a garden hose, he said. No one        was injured in the fire, and the family was allowed to stay in the house.        The cause is under investigation, but Davis said it may have been started        by lint that ignited in the vent hose.

        Mobile Home Destroyed by Fire – KKTV CBS 11 News (1/2/2008)
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – A Colorado Springs family is homeless after a dryer        fire destroys their trailer. The fire erupted in the home in the Lamplighter        Mobile Home Park at 3280 S. Academy around 4:30 Wednesday afternoon. Everyone        inside the house was able to get out safely, but the home is a total loss.        The Colorado Springs Fire Department is still investigating, but they say        the fire may have been sparked by a faulty clothes dryer.

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