Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Crews extinguish house fire on N. Stevens Street

Incident Date: 9/25/12
Issuing Officer: Joe Meinecke
Incident Location: 1601 N. Stevens
Incident Type: Residential Structure Fire

Narrative:  At 10:42 a.m. seven companies of Tacoma Firefighters (four engines, one ladder, one medic company and command staff) responded to a reported house fire.

The first arriving engine company found heavy smoke showing from the back and side of 1,256 one-story house with a basement.  Crews made a rapid interior attack with handlines, ventilated the structure of smoke and completed search and rescue.  No occupants were home at the time of the fire and there are no injuries to report.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.  

UPDATE:  Fire investigators have determined that the cause of the fire was a pet's heat lamp in contact with combustibles, resulting in an estimated $150,000 damage to the building and its contents.