Thursday, April 28, 2011

House Fire on South 9th Street

Incident Date: 4/28/2011
Issuing Officer: Joe Meinecke
Incident Location: 1716 S. 9th Street
Incident Type: Residential Structure Fire

Narrative: At 12:35 p.m. seven companies of Tacoma Firefighters (four engines, one ladder, one medic company, and command staff) responded to a reported residential structure fire.

First arriving companies found heavy smoke and flames showing from the 2nd floor of the two story 1,932 square foot house.  Initial reports were that one occupant was trapped in the house, but primary and secondary search and rescue revealed no one was home at the time of the fire.  Firefighters battled the fire with hand lines and the ladder companies crew completed vertical ventilation techniques to address the heavy fire in the attic area.

There were no injuries to report and the cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

UPDATE: Investigators have determined that the cause of the fire was an unattended cigarette, resulting in $20,500 damage to the building and its contents.