The entire Gore Volunteer Fire Brigade attended a house fire
in Gore on Sunday night, when a clothes dryer laden with lint
Chief fire officer Steve Lee said the laundry of the house in
Hamilton Pl was well alight when two appliances arrived about
Neighbours had seen the fire and informed the occupants, who
evacuated the burning house uninjured, he said.
All 25 members of the Gore Volunteer Fire Brigade attended
and had the fire under control within 10 minutes, he said.
Fire risk management officer Paul Glanville, of Invercargill,
said he investigated the laundry yesterday. The fire had
started because lint had not been cleaned from the clothes
dryer and caused the appliance to overheat, which caused the
wall behind the vent of the dryer to catch fire.
The lint filter in a dryer should be cleaned daily, he said.
The smoke alarms had failed to detect the fire because they
had not been checked or maintained, he said.