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Greasy rags ignite in laundromat dryer

At 1:03 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, Vashon Island Fire & Rescue was dispatched to Joy’s Village Cleaners at 17318 Vashon Hwy S.W. A laundromat customer had washed a load of greasy rags, didn’t put enough soap in the wash and put them in the gas-powered dryer, igniting the load, said Bill Buchanan, a senior paramedic with the department. “The individuals at the cleaners pulled the laundry out before we got there,” said Assistant Chief Mike Kirk. “Those are gas heaters; those are hot.” He said the department didn’t need to use any fire hoses, since staff at Joy’s had already doused the rags in water. Firefighters added more water to the smoldering rags, and they were dumped out the back door of the laundromat. Above, Assistant Bob Larsen, far left, Buchanan and Battalion Chief Cari Coll behind Joy’s, survey the scene where the load of greasy rags were dumped. - Amelia Heagerty/staff photo
At 1:03 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, Vashon Island Fire & Rescue was dispatched to Joy’s Village Cleaners at 17318 Vashon Hwy S.W. A laundromat customer had washed a load of greasy rags, didn’t put enough soap in the wash and put them in the gas-powered dryer, igniting the load, said Bill Buchanan, a senior paramedic with the department. “The individuals at the cleaners pulled the laundry out before we got there,” said Assistant Chief Mike Kirk. “Those are gas heaters; those are hot.” He said the department didn’t need to use any fire hoses, since staff at Joy’s had already doused the rags in water. Firefighters added more water to the smoldering rags, and they were dumped out the back door of the laundromat. Above, Assistant Bob Larsen, far left, Buchanan and Battalion Chief Cari Coll behind Joy’s, survey the scene where the load of greasy rags were dumped.
— image credit: Amelia Heagerty/staff photo

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