Firefighters struggle to get down Cornish street

This is the moment firefighters on their way to an emergency call struggled to get down a Cornish street. They were called to tackle a washing machine fire in Penzance, but could not get within 200m of the house. It comes after Pirate FM told you how crews struggled to reach the scene of a huge gorse fire in St Agnes.[1]

Posting on Facebook, Penzance Community Fire Station said: “Today Penzance Fire Station were mobilised to a washing machine fire within a domestic property. “Due to the parking in and around the area, the fire appliance was unable to get within 200m of the property. “Fortunately for all the washing machine was out on the arrival of fire service.

Please consider Emergency Service access before parking your vehicle”. Sadly, this is not the first time crews from across the Duchy have shared warnings about parking. lostwithiel truck fire 5

lostwithiel truck fire 4 These were the scenes from Lostwithiel back in August, where crews struggled to reach a burning truck. Firefighters say they had “great difficulty” getting by and it slowed them down. Read more here.[2]

A spokesperson from Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said: “Appliances from Penzance, St Just and a whole time officer responded to an incident involving a washing machine on fire. “Crews reported that the fire was out on arrival. Firefighters used a thermal imaging camera to check for hot spots and removed the washing machine from the property”.

Their advice on washing machine safety is: “Tumble dryers and washing machines contain powerful motors with fast moving parts that get very hot.

“If you do not clean and maintain your machine, excess fluff or lint can build up over time and catch fire”.

Top Tips:

  • Always read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions before using your dryer
  • Never leave your appliance unattended or running overnight
  • Never overload your washing machine or dryer or put items in that have been used to soak up flammable liquids
  • Keep your dryer well ventilated ensuring the vent pipe is kink free, not blocked or crushed in any way
  • Clean the filter in your dryer after every use
  • Have your dryer serviced regularly by a qualified engineer
  • Don’t ignore the warning signs
  • Does your tumble dryer smell of burning?
  • Are your clothes taking longer to dry?
  • Do the clothes feel hotter at the end of the cycle?
  • Does the external vent flap stay shut when the dryer is on?
  • If you notice any of the above, clean the filter and check the vent pipe immediately.

You can read more advice here.[3]

11:47am 6th November 2017


  1. ^ Huge gorse fire in St Agnes (
  2. ^ Firefighters face parking problems in Cornwall (
  3. ^ Washing machine and tumble dryer fire safety advice (

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