East End Fire: Henrico Fire Dept. warn residents about dryer fires

Picture credit: Henrico Fire Dept.

HENRICO, Va (WRIC) – Henrico Fire responded to the 100 block of Twining Lane in Henrico County’s East End for an apartment fire at 2:51pm Sunday afternoon. First arriving units made it on scene in six minutes and reported smoke from the rear of the apartment building. Inside the apartment crews found a small fire in the dryer of the first floor of the apartment.

The fire was quickly extinguished and prevented the spread to the other apartments in the building. The family of four was alerted to the fire by a working smoke alarm in the apartment. The apartment where the fire originated was the only apartment to suffer fire and smoke damage. One family of four will be displaced by the fire for a short period of time and are being assisted by the American Red Cross. The fire was marked under control at 3:07 PM.

The cause of the fire has been determined to have been accidental in nature and due to the dryer catching fire. There were no reported injuries.

Incidents of dryer fires peak in January. This is attributed to the type of clothes placed in them during the winter and the amount of lint they produce. It is never too early for spring cleaning.

dryer fire stats

The majority of dryer fires are caused by the buildup of lint in the dryer and vent exiting the home.   Lint is a highly combustible material that can accumulate both in the dryer and in the dryer vent. Accumulated lint leads to reduced airflow and can pose a potential fire hazard.

Dryer Fire Safety Information

  • Have your clothes dryer installed by qualified personnel
  • Clean the lint filter before and after each cycle. Do not forget to clean the back of the dryer where lint can build up. In addition, clean the lint filter with a nylon brush at least every 6 months or more frequently if it becomes clogged.
  • Inspect the venting system behind the dryer to ensure it is not damaged, crushed, or restricted.
  • Outside wall dampers should have a covering that will keep out rain, snow, and dirt. Do not, however, use wire screen or cloth as these can collect lint and clog areas of the dryer vent.
  • Make sure the outdoor vent covering opens when the dryer is operating.
  • The interior of the dryer and venting system should be serviced and cleaned periodically by qualified service personnel, especially if it is taking longer than normal for clothes to dry.
  • Replace coiled-wire foil or plastic venting with rigid, non-ribbed metal duct.

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