Monday, June 30, 2014

House fire at 1020 S. 7th Street

Incident Date:  6/30/14
Issuing Officer:  Joe Meinecke
Incident Location:  1020 S. 7th Street
Incident Type:  Residential House Fire

At 9:25 p.m., firefighters from stations 1, 2, 4, 9, 11 and 16 responded to a reported house fire.

The first arriving engine company found heavy flames and smoke showing from the second floor and roof of the approximately 1,568 square foot two-story house.

Crews made an aggressive interior attack on the well established blaze, bringing the fire under control in about 30 minutes. Of particular focus, was preventing the fire from spreading to the house next door as the two structures were only separated by approximately three feet. A search of the structure revealed no one was trapped inside.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

UPDATE:  Upon further investigation it appears that someone forced entry into the structure and started a fire in a second floor bedroom of the vacant and boarded up house. The fire caused an estimated $65,500 dollars damage. The incident was turned over to Tacoma Police Department for follow-up.