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Tipped-over candle during Thursday night power outage causes fire that destroys Artondale-area home

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Oct. 22, 2010 at 12:15 pm with 1 Comment »
October 22, 2010 5:09 pm

Flames destroyed a home in south of Artondale on Thursday night when a candle in the house tipped over during a widespread power outage on the Key Peninsula.

Automatic fire alarms at the residence notified 911 of the fire and the homeowner also called 911. Crews were called to the house in the 5100 block of Cromwell Drive Southwest about 6:15 p.m. Thursday, said Nanette Tatom, a spokeswoman for Pierce County Fire District No. 5. Heavy traffic also delayed the department’s response, she said.

Tatom said crews used  water tenders because there were no fire hydrants nearby.  Two water tender trucks from Gig Harbor Fire and two from Key Peninsula Fire shuttled water to the scene.

A second alarm was issued because the fire threatened other buildings. Engines and other units also responded from Tacoma Fire Department, South Kitsap Fire and University Place Fire.

No one was injured in the fire, Tatom said.

The homeowner reported having candles out during the power outage. Deputy Pierce County Fire Marshal Rod Lasher determined that candle had been knocked over during the power outage and the home was a total loss.

Tatom reminded residents to  use only flashlights during a power outage.

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  1. outoftheashes says:

    My name is Norene Beaver and I am Director of an organization called Out of the Ashes – we were created out of the ashes of our second home fire. I have a 17 page handout that I would like to get to the family. It is full of information on first steps, next steps and how to save items that many think are un-savable and how to get the most out of their insurance claim. If anyone knows how I might reach them, please email me at All services are offered free of charge. My prayers are with the family. Blessings Norene Beaver

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