Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Save the Date - TFD Hosts Remembrance Ceremony on Sept. 11, 2012

On Tuesday September 11, 2012, the Tacoma Fire Department will honor the heroes and victims of 9/11 at a public remembrance ceremony beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Firefighter’s Memorial, 3301 Ruston Way. This year marks the 11th anniversary of this tragic day.

As part of a nationwide salute to firefighters, police, emergency medical services workers and civilians who lost their lives that day, the program will include speeches by Mayor Marilyn Strickland and Tacoma Interim Fire Chief James P. Duggan.

Please join us as the nation keeps its solemn vow that “we have not forgotten.”

Monday, August 20, 2012

Overloaded Extension Cord Sparks Early Morning Fire on S. Mason Avenue

Incident Date: 8/21/12
Issuing Officer: Joe Meinecke
Incident Location: 5240 S. Mason Ave
Incident Type: Residential House Fire

Narrative:  At 3:11 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 flames and smoke showing from the single story 2,530 square foot residence. Operationally, crews attacked the fire that had spread throughout the interior and the back of the homes roof area, conducted search and rescue and completed vertical ventilation of the roof.

Working smoke alarms alerted the homes three occupants to the fire and two of the occupants were evaluated by paramedics for injuries, but not transported. Paramedics also evaluated, but did not transport, one firefighter who sustained injury battling the blaze. 
Fire investigator's determined that the probable cause of the fire was an overloaded extension cord, resulting in an estimated $200,000 damage to the building and its contents.