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Tumble dryer fire

Old Leigh Road, Leigh
13/07/2017 @ 20:54
Incident Number: 58803
In attendance: 1 x Southend, 1 x Leigh


Crews were called to a residential care home in Leigh last night (Thursday 13 July) following reports of a burning smell.

On arrival firefighters reported that the fire was in a laundry room and was producing a large amount of smoke.

Firefighters worked quickly to extinguish the fire and clear the building of smoke by 8.25pm.

The cause has been recorded as accidental, due to a faulty tumble dryer.

The laundry room has suffered light smoke damage.

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service recommends the following tumble dryer safety advice:

  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions
  • Don’t use tumble dryers at night or while unattended
  • Clean the filters after each use to ensure they do not become blocked with fluff
  • Items should be removed from the dryer immediately after the cycle and shaken loose to assist cooling
  • Ensure that the appliance has its own plug socket. Do not overload extension leads. Ensure that no more than 13 amps are in any one plug socket.
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