The homeowners smelled smoke a short time after starting the gas dryer in the morning, Schraeder said. They unplugged the dryer, opened the door, saw flames, closed the door and called 911.
The fire destroyed the dryer, but it was contained to the utility room, Schraeder said. There was smoke damage throughout the house.
Emergency crews from the township and Grand Haven Department of Public Safety responded to a call for help at about 6:30 a.m. at 15665 Comstock St. Family members had evacuated the home, but smoke was visible when firefighters arrived.
The fire was out within 15 minutes and firefighters remained on the scene to ventilate smoke from the house.