Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Winthrop Apartment Fires - Media Release

For additional information call 253.255.3260.

Issuing Date: 8/20/2009
Issuing Officer: Joe Meinecke
Incident Type: Fire and Malicious False Alarms
Incident Location: 776 Commerce Street

Narrative: Over the past two weeks the Tacoma Fire Department (TFD) has responded to a series of malicious false alarms and small fires at the Winthrop Apartments. Fire crews, residents and a sprinkler activation have contained 4 small fires in trash storage areas and in a laundry room and numerous pull station false alarms have frustrated crews and residents. The property management team has increased security and surveillance measures and the incidents are currently under joint investigation by the TFD and Tacoma Police Department. If you have any information regarding these incidents, please contact Crime Stoppers at 253.591.5959.

Probable Cause: 2 fires undetermined, 2 fires open flame device
Fire Disposition: Suspicious
Damages: Trash Storage areas and Laundry Room
Dollar Loss Estimates: $2,500 and $15,000