At 12:18 p.m. Thursday, the Astoria Fire Department responded to a report of a laundry-room fire at Astoria Pointe, an alcohol- and drug-abuse treatment center at 263 W. Exchange St. Upon arrival, smoke was observed coming from the single-story building.
Firefighters entered the building to find a dryer in the laundry room on fire. The fire was quickly extinguished and the electricity and natural gas were shut off to the dryer. Fire personnel used a thermal imaging camera to check for any hot spots in the dryer and to make sure the fire was completely out. A portable fan was used to remove the smoke from the building.
Carla Thompson, an employee at the business, found the fire and responded appropriately by calling 9-1-1, pulling the fire alarm and trying to use a fire extinguisher to extinguish the fire.
Assistance was given by the Lewis & Clark Fire District, Olney-Walluski Fire District also responded, but the incident was controlled prior to their arrival. Estimated loss from this incident is $3,000.
Firefighters would like to remind people it is important to maintain dryers and ducts, and have them cleaned at least every six months.