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Two tumble dryers caught fire in Sheffield over the weekend

On Friday evening, a tumble dryer caused a fire on Welbeck Road, Walkley just before 6pm. The blaze was discovered by the occupant’s sun and Rivelin and Central firefighters arrived to put the fire out using a hose reel. The house was smoke logged and firefighters used specialist equipment to ventilate the property.

A second fire started on Southend Place, Sheffield just before 1am on Sunday. The tumble dryer caught fire in the kitchen and the house was heavily smoke logged. A woman escaped unharmed and it’s thought the fire started due to a build up of paper at the rear of the appliance. Central firefighters tackled the blaze.

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue says it has attended 117 house fires involving tumble dryers since 2011, with faults with appliances responsible for three quarters of the incidents.

Last year a major product recall was issued and owners of large air-vented dryers and condensing dryers under the Hotpoint, Indesit and Creda brands were told they may need to have them fixed.

Head of community safety Trevor Bernard, said: “Registering an appliance ensures you receive important safety messages about the item you possess.

“For consumers, we know that returning a recalled product is not always convenient, especially if it’s an item that you use every day, but recall notices are issued to keep people safe. The small inconvenience of returning a recalled item is worth it when you consider that faulty products can electrocute or cause a fire.”

You can find out whether an electrical product you own has been recalled via the Electrical Safety Council website

You can sign up for product recall information at

This content was last updated on July 04th, 2016