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Malfunctioning space heater likely sparked fire early today inside North End Tacoma home

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Jan. 13, 2012 at 11:21 am |
January 13, 2012 11:22 am

Two people were left without a place to stay after a fire ripped through a North End home early today.

Tacoma firefighters were called to the home in the 5000 block of North Visscher Street just before 4:20 a.m. They found heavy smoke coming from the back of the one-story home, the department reported.

They doused the flames. No injuries were reported.

Investigators suspect an electrical malfunction in a portable space heater sparked the blaze, the department reported. The fire left $35,000 in damage to the property and its contents.

Tacoma firefighters advise citizens to keep the following in mind when using space heaters:

* Use heaters with tip-over and overheat protection.

* Give heaters space. Keep them at least three feet from combustibles.

* Plug heaters directly into outlets. Do not plug them into extension cords.

* Do not leave heaters on and unattended. Turn them off.

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