Home evacuated in Ferrysburg

A smoke alarm and smoke from a clothes dryer sent a family out into the cold Wednesday.
Becky Vargo
Dec 11, 2013

Firefighters responded to the possible structure fire call at 11:56 a.m. Wednesday.

Upon their arrival to the 17417 West Spring Lake Road home, firefighters found no flames, but some smoke from the dryer. They continued to investigate as of 12:15 p.m.

By 12:30 p.m., a fire official said it appeared to be a flash fire of lint behind the first-floor dryer. It was a very small fire that extinguished itself.

He suggested that all area residents clean out their exhaust duct because they do fill up with lint particles, which become a fire hazard.

Dee Tibbetts said the smoke alarms went off and she could immediately smell smoke. She told her daughter, Hannah, to call 911, and they evacuated the home with their dog, Chloe.

Tibbetts said they would be replacing the dryer.

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Why replace the dryer if it was simply a matter of them not keeping it clean? Dryers are incredibly simple machines, and unless it is one of the new models that are intentionally designed to be impossible to fix (planned obsolescence), even if there was a mechanical issue with it, which I am guessing there was not according to this article, it should be simple to get it back operating like new. Nobody seems to know how to repair stuff anymore and at the slightest sign of trouble they toss it in the trash and buy new. Yay consumption!

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Good point Maintainer. Very simple to repair most anything on a dryer and you don't need many tools. Keep your vents clean, replace the flex pipe occasionally and you won't have this. In my time as a firefighter I responded to several dryer fires. Most of the time it was because they didn't empty the lint trap, destroyed the dryer and had extensive smoke damage all for something very easy. This family got lucky.


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I never even thought about this. Thanks for the link ghresident I'm going to give them a call.


If anyone knows how to get in touch with the homeowner we would like to offer them a free dryer vent cleaning so this doesn't happen again. We can be reached at 616-935-7771. Thank you ghresident for sharing our WZZM13 link. We greatly appreciate it!

Tri-cities realist

The article gives their address, I suppose you could just knock on their door, or send them a letter with a coupon.



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