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Tacoma firefighters battle two blazes early today

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Oct. 20, 2010 at 11:13 am |
October 20, 2010 11:13 am

Tacoma firefighters doused flames at a downtown sandwich shop and South End garage early today. No injuries were reported in either incident.

Crews were first called to the Subway at 302 S. Ninth St. just before 1:20 a.m. They found flames in the back storage room of the sandwich shop, the Fire Department reported.

The firefighters forced their way inside and put out the fire, the department reported. The blaze did not  spread to the other suites in the building.

Investigators found that an overheated extension cord ignited combustible materials, sparking the fire. The blaze caused about $30,000 in damages to the building and its contents.

Just before 2 a.m., Tacoma firefighters responded to a fully-involved garage fire in the 1200 block of South 96th Street.

Crews kept the flames from spreading. The blaze destroyed the 1,100 square foot garage, two vehicles parked inside and other contents, the Fire Department reported.

Investigators determined that an overheated backyard accessory caused the fire. The Chiminea was being used to heat the garage, the department reported. The department added that the devices are not meant for indoor use.

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