NORTH Wales Fire and Rescue have been called to three tumble dryer fires in one week.

The latest one happened at an address on Wednesday, March 6, in Denbigh.

On Sunday, March 3, a fire happened at a property on Laurel Drive in Buckley. 

Couple Paul and Tanya Rooke suffered a horrific ordeal following the incident. 

The incident caused 50 per cent fire damage to the building's interior, 100 per cent smoke damage and 40 per cent damage to the exterior.

Denbighshire Free Press: Damage to the property in DenbighDamage to the property in Denbigh (Image: North Wales Fire and Rescue Service)
Luckily, nobody was injured, but the couple and their two children lost clothing, electronics and items of sentimental value. Despite having insurance, there is very little that can be saved.

There was also a tumble dryer fire in Ruthin on Wednesday, February 28 in Graigfechan.

A spokesperson from the fire service said: "Our crews were called to our third fire involving a tumble dryer in just one week - this morning in Denbigh.


"Thankfully no-one was hurt - but these fires can cause a lot of damage to property.

Denbighshire Free Press: The tumble dryer is completely destroyedThe tumble dryer is completely destroyed (Image: North Wales Fire and Rescue Service)
"Please make sure you have working smoke alarms and follow some simple steps to help stay safe while using white goods."

The fire service shared the following safety advice:

  • Don’t overload plug sockets - the high wattage for a tumble dryer means that it needs its own 13-amp socket. Keep an eye out for any scorching or burn marks, including checking any visible electrical wires. 
  • Don't leave appliances unattended – don't turn the tumble dryer on before you leave the house or go to bed. Tumble dryers contain powerful motors with fast moving parts that can get very hot. 
  • Keep your dryer well ventilated, make sure the vent pipe is kink free and not blocked or crushed in any way.
  • Always clean out the filter after using your tumble dryer. 
  • Always allow each drying programme, including the 'cool down cycle', to complete fully before emptying the machine. If you stop the machine mid cycle, the clothing will still be hot. 
  • Don’t ignore the warning signs – if you can smell burning or clothes feel hotter at the end of the cycle, stop using your appliance and have it checked out by a professional.