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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

Dryer Fire in Charlottesville?

7/12/2021 (Permalink)

A burnt dryer vent is shown. We are trusted leaders in fire damage restoration in Albemarle County.

SERVPRO® of Charlottesville responds to fire damage emergencies throughout the year. This picture shows a burnt dryer vent from one of our recent restorations. The dryer vent ignited due to excess lint buildup in the dryer vent. Even though the fire was contained in the laundry room, this small fire caused excessive smoke and soot damage exposure through the rest of the house. Here are some highlights from the National Fire Protection Association report:

  • In 2010-2014, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 15,970 home structure fires involving clothes dryers or washing machines each year.
  • These fires caused annual averages of 13 civilian deaths, 444 civilian injuries, and $238 million in direct property damage.
  • The vast majority of fires (92 percent) involved clothes dryers.
  • The leading items first ignited in dryer fires were dust, fiber, or lint (26 percent of total) and clothing (26 percent), while items first ignited in washing machine fires were part of the appliance itself, including wire or cable insulation (26 percent), appliance housing or casing (24 percent), and drive belt (11 percent).

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When your home or commercial business experiences a fire damage emergency, SERVPRO® of Charlottesville is Here to Help. ® Our technicians are on-call 24-hours a day to serve you. Call us today at 434-977-5850. We’ll restore your fire damage in Charlottesville, “Like it never even happened.”

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