Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Vacant house on 48th & "J" street sustains heavy fire damage

Incident Date: 1/29/13
Issuing Officers: BC Jim Zuluaga & PIO Joe Meinecke
Incident Location: 4827 S. "J" Street
Incident Type: Residential Structure Fire

Narrative:  At 1:19 p.m., 10 companies of Tacoma Firefighters from stations 1,2,8,9,10,15,&17 responded to a reported residential house fire.

The first arriving company reported significant fire showing from both the front and back of the 1 1/2 story approximately 1,000 square foot house. Operationally, crews mounted an aggressive interior attack on the well-entrenched fire, protected nearby exposures from fire damage, searched the home, and ventilated the structure.

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

UPDATE:  Fire investigators have determined that the cause of the fire appears suspicious, and have referred the case to the Tacoma Police Department Arson Investigation Unit for follow-up.  Damage estimates are $103,000 to the building and its contents.