Dryer malfunction causes fire in two-storey home: WFPS

WINNIPEG — The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) believes a dryer malfunction caused a fire in a two-storey home on Thursday evening.

In a release, the City of Winnipeg said the WFPS was called to a home in the 300 block of Aikins Street around 5 p.m. for a report of a fire.

Fire crews arrived and found smoke coming from the home, and had the fire under control by 5:14 p.m.

The city said everyone inside the home evacuated before crews arrived and no injuries were reported. The city said a cat escaped from the home, and asks anyone in the area who finds a black cat to call the Winnipeg Humane Society.

“Preliminary observations suggest a malfunction in the operation of the dryer as the cause of this fire,” the city said, pointing to some safety tips to reduce the risk of these kinds of fires.

  • Have your dryer installed and serviced by a professional to ensure it is in good working order.
  • Do not use the dryer without a lint filter and always clean the filter after each load of laundry.
  • Periodically check the venting system to ensure there is no lint buildup and it is not damaged, crushed or restricted.
  • Make sure the outdoor vent flap opens when the dryer is running.
  • Never leave a dryer running when leaving your home. (Source: City of Winnipeg) 

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