Tumble dryer fire in Seven Kings ‘caused by chemical on towels’
Firefighters were called to a launderette earlier after a fire broke out in a tumble dryer.
The incident at Meads Launderette in Meads Lane, Seven Kings happened just after 5pm.
The blaze was noticed by an employee from next door roofing contractors N T Fursse and Son who controlled it using an extinguisher.
A crew from Ilford Fire Station then arrived to put it out.
Crew manager David Weighill said: “The fire was caused by a combustible chemical on some towels which hadn’t been washed properly.
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“This is very unusual and unfortunate for the guy working here.
“He said he had been here 15 years and this had never happened.
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“All the damage was confined to the tumble dryer and no one was in the premises at the time.”
Launderette owner Dave Tarbard said: “It was worrying when I had heard what happened but it’s OK now.
“We will clear up and start again tomorrow.”