Thanks. As long as the fire cannot be proved to clearly be the tenant's fault by using the dryer for some other purpose for which it was designed, then this is going to be the landlord's responsibility, not the tenants. If this were me I would engage counsel and have that counsel fire back a letter detailing that this was landlord's property that failed, not the tenants, that the landlord has the liability, and that the claim be immediately dropped or the tenant will be suing the landlord for malicious prosecution.
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