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Electrical malfunction of dryer may have caused Hilo house fire

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 03:05 a.m. HST, Sep 14, 2013

An occupant Friday morning escaped a fire that heavily damaged a Hilo house that may have started in a dryer.

Hawaii Fire Department officials said fire units responded to a structure fire at 475 W. Kawailani St. at 6:12 a.m. and found the house one-third involved in fire. The fire was reported under control at 6:30 a.m.

The fire started in the garage and extended to the living area above the garage and into the main living area.  

Property loss is estimated at $80,000, but two vehicles were also damaged, adding $20,000 in damages, fire officials said.

Investigators are concentrating on an electrical malfunction in a dryer.

No injuries were reported, and the American Red Cross was assisting the occupant.

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mochiko wrote:
Many people pop a load of laundry into the clothes dryer and then go out. I think that's dangerous to leave your dryer running while no one's home. It can malfunction!
on September 13,2013 | 04:23PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Good point. We won't leave a infant home alone. Also keep the lint screen filter clean of the flammable lint.
on September 14,2013 | 07:30AM
mikethenovice wrote:
Who needs a dryer living in sunny Hawaii.? Just hang it up and save on energy costs.
on September 14,2013 | 07:28AM
mikethenovice wrote:
Plus the Muphy's Law of something bad occuring as soon as you turn your eyes away.
on September 14,2013 | 07:32AM
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