As you may have seen on television or read in the news, on Friday there was a terrible house fire in MY neighborhood (Little Ranches in Wellington). Thankfully my house is nowhere near the house that was destroyed.
This is what the scene looked like shorty after authorities arrived on the scene:
The challenge for firefighters was that there are no fire hydrants in the neighborhood. The tanker trucks needed to go across Southern Blvd., load up with water from a hydrant in Royal Palm Beach, and return to the fire location. This prolonged getting the fire extinguished, ultimately resulting in more damage.
The reason I was interviewed was to get my opinion on whether neighbors would be willing to pay the estimated cost of $10,000 to $20,000 per property for bringing city water and fire hydrants into the neighborhood. You can see the report, and my 6 seconds of fame, by clicking on the following link:
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The preliminary cause of the fire was reported as an overheated dryer vent. I think that probably means the dryer vent was clogged with lint.
If that was the cause, it is truly sad because periodic maintenance could have prevented this tragedy. About a year ago I wrote an article on 4 ways your house can catch on fire. I have reprinted it below since it is so important.
It has been my experience that many of the dryer vents and connections between the dryer and dryer vent are not per code. If you would like us to evaluate your dryer vent for fire hazards or help you get your vent cleaned of trapped lint, please call us now at 561-795-2551.
Leading Edge Homes, Inc.