Crew tackles washing machine fire

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West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service has praised the quick-thinking of a Chichester resident after their washing machine caught alight.

According to the fire service, crews were called to a property in Oving Road at just before 11.15am to reports of a washing machine on fire.

One fire engine was sent from Chichester Fire Station and arrived at the property within four minutes, a spokesperson said.

The appliance was isolated and removed and the fire was extinguished, they added.

Claire Byrd from the fire service praised the caller for having an operational smoke alarm in their house, which quickly alerted them to the fire, and added it was fortunate they were home at the time.

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