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Clothes dryer blamed for St. Charles town house fire

Published: Thursday, March 6, 2014 10:33 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, March 6, 2014 10:35 p.m. CDT

ST. CHARLES – Lack of maintenance of a clothes dryer was blamed for a fire Wednesday night that firefighters said caused $30,000 worth of damage to a town house at 851 Pheasant Trail in St. Charles, according to a news release issued by the St. Charles Fire Department.

According to the release, there were no injuries to firefighters or the occupants.

Firefighters said they responded at 9:03 p.m. Wednesday to the report of a fire.

They arrived at 9:09 p.m. and found the fire in a second-floor utility room.

Firefighters said they were able to stop the fire before it extended to the rest of the town house and had it extinguished in about 20 minutes.

The home’s occupant was inside at the time of the fire, according to the release, but she was able to leave and call 911.

Firefighters said there was damage to the structure and contents. Geneva, Batavia and West Chicago firefighters assisted at the scene, and the Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District provided coverage while the St. Charles firefighters were at the scene.

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