London Fire Brigade issues urgent warning to anyone with a tumble dryer at home

The London Fire Brigade has issued an urgent warning to anyone with a tumble dryer at home following a fire in Wandsworth.

On January 21, six fire engines and 40 fire engines were called to a block of flats on Arabella Drive in Roehampton, where a fire had broken out due to a tumble dryer.

Ten people were evacuated from the 12-storey block of flats. A woman was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation by London Ambulance Service crews.

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This was the aftermath of a fire in a Birmingham house caused by a faulty tumble dryer

The LFB crews from Richmond, Wandsworth, Fulham, Chiswick and Battersea were called at around 10pm and had the fire under control by 11.10pm that night.

A spokesperson warned that machines drying white goods can make noise – but homeowners shouldn’t ignore the sound.

Users who suspect there may be a problem with their machines should instead turn the machine off and contact a qualified technician.

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A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said: “If your white goods start making a strange noise, don’t ignore it.

“If you think there’s a problem always unplug it and contact the manufacturer or a qualified repair technician.

“Most fires where white goods are the source of ignition are not down to anything you have done – so always make sure you register your appliances as you’ll be informed if any issues are identified with the product you’ve bought.”

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