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'Hero' dog saves home from fire in Cornwall

'Hero' dog saves home from fire in Cornwall

Published by Emma Carton at 7:34am 8th January 2020. (Updated at 7:38am 8th January 2020)

A 'hero' dog from Cornwall has saved his owner's home from a fire.

Richard Sanders' wife was about to jump in the shower when Kako started whining.

Turns out he had smelt the smoke billowing from their burning washing machine.

The family, who live near Port Isaac, did not realise their model was on that Hotpoint and Indesit recall list.

"Anything could've happened - it doesn't bear thinking about"

Scroll down to check the list of machines that could be at risk from a fire and read what to do if yours is affected.

Dog Saves Home from Washing Machine Fire
The owner of a 'hero' dog from Cornwall has praised his pet for saving their home from a fire. Photo: Richard Sanders


Richard got in touch with Pirate FM because despite Kako's amazing intuition, he wants everyone to double check.

"Donna does often put the washing machine on and we leave the house with it on or on a timer because, you know, you trust your appliances as you do.

"The kids could've been in bed, anything could've happened; it doesn't bear thinking about".

Richard Sanders

Dog Saves Home from Washing Machine Fire
Richard Sanders, who lives near Port Isaac, says dog Kako smelled the smoke from their burning washing machine. Photo: Richard Sanders


What washing machines are on the recall list?

As many as 519,000 Hotpoint and Indesit washing machines are being recalled because of a potential fire risk.

Manufacturer, Whirlpool, says it is down to a possible fault with the door-locking system.

The models, eligible to be replaced or repaired for free from early January, are listed below:

  • FML 742P UK Hotpoint
  • WMAOD 743G UK Hotpoint
  • WMAOD 743P UK Hotpoint
  • WMAQB 721P UK.M Hotpoint
  • WMAQC 641P UK.M Hotpoint
  • WMAQC 741G UK Hotpoint
  • WMAQC 741P UK Hotpoint
  • WMAQC 741P UK.M Hotpoint
  • WMAQF 621G UK Hotpoint
  • WMAQF 621P UK Hotpoint
  • WMAQF 641 P UK.M Hotpoint
  • WMAQF 721G UK Hotpoint
  • WMAQF 721P UK.M Hotpoint
  • WMAQL 621G UK Hotpoint
  • WMBF 742G UK Hotpoint
  • WMBF 742K UK Hotpoint
  • WMBF 742P UK Hotpoint
  • WMBF 742P UK.M Hotpoint
  • WMBF 763P UK Hotpoint
  • WMEF 722 BC UK Hotpoint
  • WMEF 742 P UK Hotpoint
  • WMEUF 722P UK Hotpoint
  • WMEUF 743G UK Hotpoint
  • WMEUF 743P UK Hotpoint
  • WMFG 741P UK Hotpoint
  • WMFG 741P UK.M Hotpoint
  • WMFUG 742 P UK.M Hotpoint
  • WMFUG 742G UK Hotpoint
  • WMFUG 742P UK Hotpoint
  • WMFUG 842P UK.M Hotpoint
  • WMJLF 842P UK Hotpoint
  • WMJLL 742P UK Hotpoint
  • WMSAQG 621P UK Hotpoint
  • WMXTF 742G UK Hotpoint
  • WMXTF 742K UK Hotpoint
  • WMXTF 742P UK Hotpoint
  • WMXTF 742P UK.M Hotpoint
  • WMXTF 842P UK.M Hotpoint
  • WMYL 7151PS UK Hotpoint
  • XWA 81252X K UK Indesit
  • XWA 81252X W UK Indesit
  • XWD 71452X K UK Indesit
Dog Saves Home from Washing Machine Fire
Kako's owner, Richard, is urging everyone who has a Hotpoint or Indesit washing maching to check that recall list. Photo: Richard Sanders


What do I do if my machine is on the 'risk list'?

Hotpoint and Indesit's manufacturer, Whirpool, is urging everyone to check their machines.

Model and serial numbers can be found inside the door and on a label on the rear of the appliance.

"People's safety is Whirlpool's priority, which is why we are proactively recalling certain models of washing machines manufactured under the Hotpoint and Indesit brands between 2014 and 2018.

"To find out more about the recall and to check whether your machine will need to be recalled, you can click the button below or call 0800 316 1442.  

"Please note that appliances under the Whirlpool brand are not affected".


If your washing machine is being recalled, you will be able to choose a free, like-for-like replacement or a free in-home repair.

You can check the full list and find that button to click here.

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