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Worthington laundromat catches fire

WORTHINGTON -- A fire broke out at Worthington Laundromat and Dry Cleaners late Monday morning.Ventilation tubes -- running through the roof and attached to dryers -- had built up too much lint, plugging them up and causing excess heat, according...

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WORTHINGTON - A fire broke out at Worthington Laundromat and Dry Cleaners late Monday morning.

Ventilation tubes - running through the roof and attached to dryers - had built up too much lint, plugging them up and causing excess heat, according to Worthington Fire Chief Rick von Holdt. Eventually, the highly combustible lint caught fire, and gusty winds made things worse.

 

Heavy smoke gushed out from the Oxford Street business at about 11:40 a.m. Minutes later, as the WFD arrived on the scene, flames emerged atop the laundromat roof.

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Several fire engines arrived on the scene. Worthington firefighters - who stayed at the scene for two hours - attacked the fire from inside and out as smoke leaked from the roof and the back of the building. The peak roof proved difficult to get to, but firefighters were able to put out the fire before it spread to the rest of the structure.

The building is intact, including the roof, which sustained some fire damage. The damage was minimal, outside of heavy smoke damage and some water leakage.

 

“We just want to remind everyone, always remember to clean your dryer vents,” von Holdt said.

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