Crews douse fire at Henrico home

Posted at 7:01 PM, Dec 03, 2013
and last updated 2013-12-04 00:05:54-05

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) — A homeowner was displaced after a house fire in the 1900 block of Morgan Court, which is off Mountain Road, Tuesday night.

When crews arrived around 6:30 p.m., they quickly extinguished the fire, which prevented the fire blaze potentially spreading to the rest of the house.

Officials said the home did have a working smoke detector and that the owner was able to make it our safely.

No one was injured.

Officials believe the fire started in a clothes dryer in the house, which was on when the unit’s vent hose caught fire.

According to the US Fire Administration, dryers cause an estimated 2900 house fires each year. These fires cause about $35 million in property damage each year. The majority of these fires were caused by built up of lint in the dryer and/or dryer vent.

Henrico fire officials urge homeowners to clean dryer vent traps and vent hoses regularly.