Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Large brush and debris fire in North East Tacoma

Incident Date:  8/4/14
Issuing Officer:  Joe Meinecke
Incident Location: area of 5321 12th St NE
Incident Type:  Brush and debris fire

Narrative: At 5:32 pm, a single engine company was dispatched for a reported grass/brush fire.

The first arriving company found a large fast moving fire working its way through blackberry bushes, various vehicles, tires and out buildings. The crews quickly upgraded the incident to bring more resources to the scene and once a permanent water supply was established, multiple crews began to attack the fire.

Boosted by the hot temperatures and a steady breeze, the fire consumed approximately 4-5 acres and took about four hours to bring under control. Most notably was a substantial pile of tires that burned for hours, causing a large heavy dark smoke plume to rise from the scene.

One patient, who attempted to battle the fire, was transported from the scene in stable condition for precautionary measures.

Preliminary indications are that the possible cause of the fire was related to a cutting torch being used to dismantle a vehicle. The fire caused an estimated $100,000 damage.