Tacoma fire investigators are trying to determine what sparked an early morning blaze at the Teamsters Union Hall.
The blaze caused $50,000 damage to the building at 220 S. 27th St., Assistant Chief Faith Mueller said. No injuries were reported.
A police officer reportedly spotted smoke coming from the building and called fire crews just before 3 a.m. Firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke and fire coming from the first floor of the local Teamsters Hall.
Crews doused the flames but not before the fire caused damage to the building’s auditorium, according to media reports.
Investigators were working to determine where and how the blaze started.
Teamsters Local Union No. 313 operates out of the building. ACORN apparently also has an office in the building.
UPDATE: The damage estimate has been increased to $80,000. The fire caused $45,000 damage to the building and $35,000 to its contents.
At this point, the cause of the fire has been ruled “undetermined,” said Tacoma fire spokesman Joe Meinecke said. That means it’s not been ruled suspicious and it’s not been ruled not suspicious.