Family flees home after dryer lint catches fire

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ESCONDIDO, Calif. — Built-up dryer lint caught fire inside an Escondido residence, but no one was injured, authorities said Wednesday.

The residents of the home on Tutela Heights Road near Sheridan Avenue were able to get out safely as it filled with smoke and call for help around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to a statement from the Escondido Fire Department.

Firefighters kept the blaze from spreading and had it under control in about 15 minutes. Fire officials said the fire caused about $400 in damage.

The dryer fire was apparently sparked by an accumulation of lint in the exhaust vent, according to the statement.