Fire Service officials emphasised the importance of alerting
the Fire Service promptly, after business premises in City
Rd, Dunedin, were briefly affected by smoke from a tumble
dryer yesterday morning.
Fire Service St Kilda Station Officer Pete Douglas said a
staff member at the business had noticed an apparent smell of
burning from a domestic-style dryer at the premises.
At that stage, the dryer had been switched off and its door
was kept closed.
But about an hour later, smoke was noticed pouring from the
dryer and the Fire Service was alerted at 9.41am.
Two fire appliances attended and the fire was extinguished.
The dryer was damaged but the building escaped fire damage
and firefighters helped clear smoke from the premises.
Station Officer Douglas said items inside the dryer may have
been smouldering after the smell of burning was noticed.
If people believed a fire may have occurred or there was risk
of a fire, they were asked to contact the Fire Service
promptly, even as a precaution.
That would enable the fire to be fully extinguished and the
situation checked to prevent possible future reignition, he
Some people hesitated to trouble the Fire Service but
firefighters were happy to check things out to ensure there
was no risk from reignition, he said.
Fire Service risk management officer Michael Harrison said
there had been several cases in Dunedin in the past two
months where residents had rung some time after an initial
small house fire, sometimes the following day, to ask about
having it checked.
But the Fire Service would rather respond immediately, to
ensure the fire had been fully extinguished, Mr Harrison