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Dryer fire prompts important reminder

By: Grant Burr

Posted: 01/8/2019 3:45 PM

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Steinbach firefighters clean up after responding to a fire call on Ellice Avenue on Tuesday afternoon.

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Steinbach firefighters clean up after responding to a fire call on Ellice Avenue on Tuesday afternoon.

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A small fire at an Ellice Avenue residence on Tuesday afternoon had Steinbach fire chief Kel Toews imparting an important lesson as a result.

Toews said firefighters were called to a possible structure fire at the home and when they arrived they encountered thick, black smoke inside.

A fire was found to have started in a dryer located in the basement.

Toews said the fire was contained to the dryer and crews were able to completely extinguish it. Though smoke did fill the home, Toews indicated no significant smoke damage was caused and the house remains liveable. One family member was home at the time.

"It appears to have started in the lint trap. So again I’d like to remind everyone that before or after every load, empty your lint trap and make sure it’s clean," Toews said.

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