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USRFD Responds to Dryer Fire

span stylecolor rgb51 51 51 font-family lucida grande tahoma verdana arial sans-serif font-size 13px line-height 18px text-align left Today at 755AM the USRFD was dispatched to and responded to a reported dryer fire on Parker Place. Chief Schianchi arrived on scene minutes later and established command. Engine 1232 with Captain Vierheilig as its officer arrived moments later and its crew went into the residence to find a moderate smoke condition in the basement. The crew pulled the dryer away from the wall to find a heavy aspanspan classtextexposedshow styledisplay inline color rgb51 51 51 font-family lucida grande tahoma verdana arial sans-serif font-size 13px line-height 18px text-align left mount of lint buildup behind the appliance had caught fire. The remaining fire was extinguished with a water can and powergas to unit turned off. After further investigation it was found that the dryer vent pipe was not properly hooked up to the appliance. Tanker 12331260 crew supplied support to ventilate the residence and Engine 12311270 staged in the event a water supply needed to be established.nbspbrThankfully the resident was home and called 911 right away.nbspbrbrIt is important to always clean the lint trap out every time before using your residential clothes dryer. Also it is recommended that an appliance repair company regularly check your clothes dryer for proper operation. See the facts and figures below fromnbspa hrefhttpwww.facebook.coml.phpuhttp3A2F2Fwww.nfpa.orgamphOAQHA3hqkamps1 fcksavedurlhttpwww.facebook.coml.phpuhttp3A2F2Fwww.nfpa.orgamphOAQHA3hqkamps1 targetblank relnofollow nofollow stylecursor pointer color rgb59 89 152 text-decoration none www.nfpa.organbspbrbrDryers and washing machines were involved in one out of every 22 home structure fires reported to U.S. fire departments in 2006-2010.brbrFacts and figuresbrbrIn 2010 an estimated 16800 reported U.S. non-confined or confined home structure fires involving clothes dryers or washing machines resulted in 51 civilian deaths 380 civilian injuries and 236 million in direct property damage.brbrClothes dryers accounted for 92 of the fires washing machines 4 and washer and dryer combinations accounted for 4.brbrThe leading cause of home clothes dryer and washer fires was failure to clean 32 followed by unclassified mechanical failure or malfunction 22. Eight percent were caused by some type of electrical failure or malfunction.brbra hrefhttpwww.nfpa.orgassetsfilesPDFDryerFactSheet.pdf fcksavedurlhttpwww.nfpa.orgassetsfilesPDFDryerFactSheet.pdf targetblank relnofollow nofollow stylecursor pointer color rgb59 89 152 text-decoration none httpwww.nfpa.orgassetswbrspan classwordbreak styledisplay inline-block spanfilesPDFDryerFactSheet.pdfabrbr National Fire Protection Association 2013spanpp