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Faulty white goods cause 60 fires in Islington

11:11 18 October 2016

Damage from the Shepherd's Bush fire caused by the faulty tumble dryer. Picture: London Fire Brigade

Damage from the Shepherd's Bush fire caused by the faulty tumble dryer. Picture: London Fire Brigade

London Fire Brigade

Faulty white goods have been the cause of almost 60 fires in Islington over the last six years.

The wreckage of the tumble dryer believed to have caused the blaze in Shepherd's Bush. Picture: London Fire BrigadeThe wreckage of the tumble dryer believed to have caused the blaze in Shepherd's Bush. Picture: London Fire Brigade

Figures released by London Fire Brigade this week shine a light on the problems caused by washing machines, dishwashers, fridges and freezers.

There has been 57 in total including 10 this year and 11 last year, up from eight and five in 2013 and 2014 respectively.

The data was released as part of the brigade’s Totall Recalls campaign, which aims to make sure the public are protected from potentially lethal white goods.

The London Fire Commissioner has written to every London MP urging them to back the campaign and the brigade wants people to write to their politicians about any concerns they have.

London Fire commissioner Ron Dobson said: “There is a serious lack of awareness about the potential dangers posed by faulty white goods and manufacturers are lagging far behind when it comes to prioritising fire resistance in their designs.

“We want politicians and members of the public to share our campaign to make people better informed about the dangers white goods can pose in their homes.”

The figures have been published a week after an investigation concluded a faulty Indesit tumble dryer subject to a safety notice caused a huge Shepherd’s Bush tower block blaze.

Whirlpool issued the notice over two types of dryer manufactured between April 2004 and September 2015. The affected brands are Hotpoint, Indesit and Creda, Proline and Swan.

Whirlpool still maintains that people may continue to use them as long as they are not left unattended, but the brigade has urged people to stop using them.

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