The fire started in the dryer and spread through the walls into the kitchen area. One of the occupants suffered a laceration to the foot while evacuating the home but was not transported. Red Cross was called out to assist the family . Damage was estimated at $50,000 to the structure and $20.000 to it's contents.
Portland Fire & Rescue would like to remind all to always clean your lint screen before EVERY load. Check your vent hose... If you have the white plastic vent hose replace it now. Use the aluminum type vent hose and make sure that the length is as short as possible. Clean your vent line regularly (from the wall behind the dryer to the outside flap).
Ron Rouse, P.I.O.
Portland Fire & Rescue
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