ITHACA, N.Y. — Ithaca firefighters extinguished a blaze at an East Hill apartment Saturday that started in the laundry room.

The Ithaca Fire Department responded to the reported fire at about 2:45 p.m. Saturday at 204 Summerhill Drive in Ithaca. When firefighters arrived, they found smoke coming from the first-floor apartment. The fire alarms were sounding and the sprinkler system kept the fire at bay, the IFD said in a news release, and they worked to extinguish the fire in the stacked washer/dryer unit. They said they had the fire under control in about 10 minutes.

Lint buildup. (Photo courtesy of IFD)

Crews stayed on scene for about two hours to investigate the fire, which they believe was caused by a buildup of lint. New York State Police also assisted on scene.

“The Ithaca Fire Department credits the building’s working alarm system with quickly notifying the residents of the fire and the sprinkler system for keeping it under control until they arrived on scene,” the IFD said in a news release. “Although most people regularly clean out the lint trap itself, IFD recommends everyone also vacuums out inside and below the lint trap as well as the vent pipe leading away from the dryer to help prevent buildup of lint which can lead to fires.”

Images courtesy of the Ithaca Fire Department.

Kelsey O'Connor

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