Thursday, May 9, 2013

Mechanical malfunction in a dryer sparks house fire

Incident Date:  5/9/13
Issuing Officer:  BC Jim Zuluaga
Incident Location: 2102 E. George St.
Incident Type: Residential House Fire

Narrative:  At 9:16 a.m. firefighters from stations 2,8,9,11,12,15, and CPFR 6-3 responded to a reported dryer fire.

The first arriving engine company reported dark smoke and flames showing from the back of the house.  Crews attacked the fire that had spread throughout the laundry room, searched to confirm no one was inside the structure and ventilated the smoke.

All occupants were able to escape safely and there were no injuries to report.

The cause of the fire was an mechanical malfunction of a clothes dryer, resulting in an estimated $17,000 damage to the building and its contents.