Provided by Prince William County Department of Fire & Rescue
On Friday, October 23rd, at approximately 9:45 pm, fire and rescue crews were dispatched to a structure fire in a two-story single family home located in the 13700 block of Gran Duer Drive in Woodbridge.
Upon arrival, fire and rescue units were informed that all occupants were safely out of the home and were directed to the location of the fire. Firefighters proceeded to the basement and commenced suppression and extinguishment of the fire. Firefighters checked for further extension; no further extension was found.
No injuries were reported.
Residents of the home, seven adults, were displaced, as a result of the fire.
According to the Fire Marshal’s Office, preliminary damages were estimated at $40,000.
A Building Inspector was called to the scene and has posted the home unsafe.
The area of origin of the fire was a clothes dryer; the cause of the fire is undetermined and under investigation by the Fire Marshal’s Office.
Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue Chief Kevin McGee would like to remind residents that annually, 2900 home clothes dryer fires are reported resulting in deaths, injuries and millions in property loss. To keep you and your loved ones safe, follow these simple fire safety tips:
- Have your clothes dryer installed by a professional.
- Make sure the correct electrical plug and outlet are used and that the dryer is connected properly.
- Read manufacturers’ instructions and warnings in use and care manuals that come with new dryers.
- Clean the lint filter before and after each load of laundry. Don’t forget to clean the back of the dryer where lint can build up. In addition, clean the lint filter with a nylon brush at least every six months or more often if it becomes clogged.
- Clean lint out of the vent pipe every three months.
- Have your dryer cleaned regularly by a professional, especially if it is taking longer than normal for clothes to dry.
- Inspect the venting system behind the dryer to ensure it is not damaged or restricted.
- Put a covering on outside wall dampers to keep out rain, snow and dirt.
- Make sure the outdoor vent covering opens when the dryer is on.
- Replace coiled-wire foil or plastic venting with rigid, non-ribbed metal duct.
- Have gas-powered dryers inspected every year by a professional to ensure that the gas line and connection are together and free of leaks.
- Check regularly to make sure nests of small animals and insects are not blocking the outside vent.
- Keep the area around the clothes dryer free of items that can burn.
- If you will be away from home for an extended time, unplug or disconnect the dryer.