Saffron Walden family homeless after tumble dryer fire

PUBLISHED: 12:00 11 July 2016 | UPDATED: 12:12 11 July 2016

Saffron Walden Fire Station. Picture: SaffronPhoto

Saffron Walden Fire Station. Picture: SaffronPhoto

SaffronPhoto 2016

A Saffron Walden family has been left homeless after a fire broke out at their house.

A fire, starting in a tumble dryer, broke out in a home in Whiteshot Way on Saturday evening (July 9).

Firefighters arrived to find an outbuilding on fire and the family’s home was heavily smoke-logged.

Due to the damage, the house is inhabitable and the Red Cross Victim Support unit was sent to help the family.

The family was alerted to the fire by a fire alarm and was able to get out of the house without harm.

Station manager Paul Curtis said: “Incidents like this show the importance of a working smoke alarm in your home. Smoke alarms provide vital early warning at the first sign of fire giving you and your family time to get safely out of the building.”

“The fire was caused by the family’s tumble dryer. We are 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.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Saffron Walden Reporter visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Saffron Walden Reporter staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Saffron Walden Reporter account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More news stories

Police were called to Stansted Mountfitchet station this afternoon following reports of a person being struck by a train.

Police were called to reports of a person being struck by a train between Stansted Airport and Bishop’s Stortford this afternoon.

The devastated owner of an extremely rare and “massively historic” Land Rover which was stolen last night near Saffron Walden has urged people to be on the lookout for it.

People who live or work in Essex are being asked for their views on the proposed priorities in the county’s first ever fire and rescue plan.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Saffron Walden Reporter e-edition E-edition

Most read stories

Newsletter Sign Up

Saffron Walden Reporter weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy