Tumble dryer explosion forces woman to evacuate Chadwell Heath home at night

PUBLISHED: 08:48 13 December 2017 | UPDATED: 08:48 13 December 2017

Firefighters tackled a fire in Chadwell Heath. Picture: London Fire Brigade

Firefighters tackled a fire in Chadwell Heath. Picture: London Fire Brigade


A woman whose tumble dryer caught fire after exploding late at night had to leave her bungalow in the early hours of this morning.

Two fire crews from Dagenham, plus a fire investigation unit, were alerted to the incident in Melbourne Gardens, Chadwell Heath, shortly after midnight.

An attending fire brigade officer said the woman had reported a bang and but had manged to turn off the electrics before leaving the house so any smoke damage was largely contained to the room in which it started.

He said: “She was the calmest woman I have ever seen in my life.”

Fire crews were finished by 12.30am but remained there until 2.50am until the fire investigation unit was done.

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