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Faulty Electrical Connection Causes Clothes Dryer Fire in Charlottesville Home?

4/11/2023 (Permalink)

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One day while doing laundry, I heard a loud crackling noise. Then I smelled the smoke. Then I looked down in time to see sparks emanating from my clothes dryer erupt into flames! I grabbed the fire extinguisher and put out the fire before any major damage occurred.  

Our local team in Charlottesville is trained and certified to restore fire, smoke, and soot damage quickly and efficiently. According to the National Fire Protection Association, lint and dust are two factors that contribute to clothes dryer fires in the United States.

  • 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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