Alaska House Fire Starts With Oily Towels in Dryer

February 26, 2013

Juneau firefighters say they extinguished a house fire that had an unusual source.

Officials from Capital City Fire Rescue say the homeowner had used towels to clean up cooking oil and then placed them in a washing machine.

Fire Marshal Dan Jager says the towels were then placed in a dryer and they spontaneously combusted.

KINY-radio reports the fire Friday night caused about $300 damage to the Mendenhall Valley home.

One resident of the home was treated for minor smoke inhalation.

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