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Residential Dryer Fire
updated: Feb 19, 2013, 5:56 PM

Source: Santa Barbara Fire Department

A little after 1pm this afternoon a 911 call was received from neighbors noticing smoke coming from a residence in the 4200 Block of Pozo Circle on the St. Vincent property located off Calle Real. Engine 4, 5, 3 with Truck 1 and Battalion Chief 712 responded to the incident. Smoke was reported by the Engine 4 Captain upon arrival. Fire crews found a well involved dryer in the laundry room of the residence. A pre- connect hose line was deployed to extinguish the fire. The gas to the residential complex was turned off as a precaution and the dryer was removed from the structure. Firefighters used thermal imaging cameras to check for fire extension into the walls. Fire damage was limited to the washer/dryer unit with light smoke damage to the laundry room. A fire investigator was called to the scene. Tenants reported having on-going mechanical issues with the dryer. The cause of the fire was determined to be mechanical failure.

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 COMMENT 376341 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 06:13 PM

Ahh my pants!

 

 COMMENT 376346 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 06:27 PM

Harsh! I know they said this one was a mechanical problem, but a lot of dryer fires are caused by clogged lint hoses and traps. You can get a long brush at the hardware store to clean it out.

 

 COMMENT 376367 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 07:28 PM

Sometimes the stacker units are put in condos/ apartment that aren't designed to have them ( I.e in a closet ). No vents, or not adaqate drain lines etc.

 

 COMMENT 376405P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 08:22 PM

When no one takes ownership, cleaning the lint trap isn't a priority. Keep those lint traps clean!

 

 COMMENT 376488 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-20 08:43 AM

I agree the problem is more than likely a clogged lint trap/line. Those machines are not that old. The residents are mostly elderly people. Most people clean out the lint screen after each load. However, the line vented to the roof should be inspected and/or cleaned by facility workers every month. My two cents' worth. My dryer is 22 years old - I clean it regularly.

 

 COMMENT 376497 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-20 09:00 AM

405 Hit the nail on the head, it isn't their's and why should they care? Subisdized housing...and by the way, the Elderly live on the NW side of the facility, Famililes and single mom's live where the fire was...

 

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