The Penn Record Feb. 18, 2015, 12:23pm


A Pennsylvania couple has sued an appliance manufacturer after a dryer fire. 

Emil and Sharon Cloud of Broomall filed a lawsuit Feb. 6 in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County against Electrolux Home Prodcuts Inc. 

According to the complaint, the Clouds purchased the dryer and had not experienced any dysfunction or other abnormality with the product before Dec. 19, 2013, when the dryer caught fire under normal operating conditions. The fire was caused by an accumulation of lint not visible or accessible to be removed, the suit states, and as a result of this fire the Cloud residence suffered severe damage. 

The suits states the lint accumulated in a location not accessible by regular operational means, and its proximity to the heating source indicates the dryer model is unsafe and this unit was defective when it left the manufacturer for sale. 

The plaintiffs request judgment against the defendant in the amount of damages incurred by the defective unit igniting, plus interest, delay damages and other relief deemed viable by the court. The Clouds are represented by attorneys Raymond Mack and Patrick Hughes of Allstate Insurance in Blue Bell. 

Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County case number: 2:15-CV-005710-GJP.

This is a report on a civil lawsuit filed in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County. The details in this report come from an original complaint filed by a plaintiff. Please note that a complaint represents an accusation by a private individual, not the government. It is not an indication of guilt and represents only one side of the story.

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