Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Tumble dryer on fire - woman suffers smoke inhalation

Seaview Avenue, Basildon
04/01/2018 @ 03:07
Incident Number: 69718
In attendance: 2 x Basildon

Firefighters extinguished a fire caused by a tumble dryer in a house in Basildon this morning (Thursday 4 January).

The occupant of the house was woken by the smell of smoke and found the kitchen and utility area on fire.

When crews arrived they immediately entered the property wearing breathing apparatus and managed to quickly extinguish the fire. The kitchen area has been badly damaged and the house has suffered some smoke damage.

The female occupant suffered smoke inhalation and was given first aid by firefighters before being left in the care of the Ambulance Service.

Firefighters finished at the scene at 4am, and fitted new working smoke alarms to eachlevel of the property.

Watch Manager Midwood, Basildon Fire Station, said:

"The occupants were not alerted to the fire as early as they could have been as they did not have any working smoke alarms. They were only alerted once the fire had developed and smoke had travelled through the house.

"Incidents like this show how important it is to have a working smoke alarm in your home. Smoke alarms give you early warning of a fire in your home, so you have time to get out, stay out and cal the fire service out.

"We are also urging everyone who owns a tumble dryer to take extra care when using their appliances."

The fire 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.

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service provide FREE smoke alarms to anyone living in Essex. To arrange a home safety visit call: 0300 303 0088 or book online:


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