Mother who fled blazing home after tumble dryer fire has broken gagging order

'I was gagged over fire in 'fixed' tumble dryer': Mother, 35, who fled blazing home with her four children was 'told to sign a document' by manufacturers to keep her quiet Jemma Spurr has broken a gagging order to name Whirlpool, the parent company of Hotpoint, after a tumble dryer fire They agreed to pay her £11,000 if she did not discuss the fire with anyone  If you’ve had a fire or smell of burning in a modified Whirlpool tumble dryer please contact [email protected]

By Tom Kelly Investigations Editor For The Daily Mail

Published: 22:14 BST, 3 May 2019 | Updated: 22:14 BST, 3 May 2019

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A mother who fled her home with her children after a supposedly safe tumble dryer caught fire has broken a gagging order to attack the manufacturer.

Jemma Spurr, whose baby was asleep in her cot at the time, said it was lucky no one died in the Hotpoint blaze.

The 35-year-old spent months waiting for compensation for the massive damage to her five-bedroom rented home.

Whirlpool, the parent company of Hotpoint, agreed to pay her more than £11,000 only after she signed a document agreeing not to discuss the fire with anyone, including broadcasters and social media.

Jemma Spurr, with her children Freddie and Amber, had to flee her home after her tumble dryer caught fire

Jemma Spurr, with her children Freddie and Amber, had to flee her home after her tumble dryer caught fire

Whirlpool, the parent company of Hotpoint, agreed to pay Miss Spurr more than £11,000 only after she signed a document agreeing not to discuss the fire with anyone

Whirlpool, the parent company of Hotpoint, agreed to pay Miss Spurr more than £11,000 only after she signed a document agreeing not to discuss the fire with anyone

But the mother of four, from Sarisbury Green in Hampshire, decided to speak out after the Daily Mail revealed that Whirlpool was using non-disclosure agreements.

'It felt 100 per cent they were trying to keep us quiet, it's disgusting,' said Miss Spurr. 'How can you not speak about something like that after what you've been through?'

Despite her misgivings, she said she

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