Don’t leave home with the clothes dryer running. Here’s why.
Fairfax County fire investigators say a faulty dryer is to blame for a fire that damaged a townhouse in the 2500 block of Windbreak Drive Monday. Nobody was home at the time but neighbors saw smoke coming from a dryer vent and called 9-1-1.
Firefighters found a fire in the basement of the home and quickly extinguished it. Nobody was hurt but the two people who live there were displaced. Damage is estimated at $20,000.
Lint fires are actually quite common. Earlier this month, a townhouse fire in the Burke area was blamed on a clogged lint filter. That fire broke out in the middle of the night and caused extensive damage to the home and killed the family’s dog. Five occupants of the home were displaced.