Closed doors limit damage from Rotherham tumble dryer blaze

Firefighters were called to a basement fire this weekend (Sunday 11 February) that had started in a tumble dryer.

After being alerted to the incident at 0.03am in the early hours of Sunday crews from Maltby, Aston Park and Rotherham attended the incident, which was on Warwick Street, Moorgate.

Upon arrival they found that all the occupants had evacuated the property, and were pointed to the basement where a dryer had set alight.

Breathing apparatus wearers entered the property and extinguished the fire, before clearing the smoke with a positive pressure ventilation fan. Thanks to all of the internal doors being closed, the fire and smoke spread was limited.

This incident comes just days after the service concluded its Protect Your Pets electrical fire safety campaign – which specifically urged people not to leave tumble dryers, washing machines and other appliances on overnight. Fire officers also recently urged people across South Yorkshire to register their white goods, as part of a national register your appliance initiative.

This content was last updated on February 11th, 2019