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UPDATED: Cause of overnight Tacoma house fire is undetermined

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Jan. 27, 2012 at 5:46 am |
January 30, 2012 5:40 am

UPDATED at 10:41 a.m.

Tacoma firefighters are no longer investigating an overnight house fire as a possible arson.

Investigators spent time at the charred home this morning and ruled the cause of the fire “undetermined,” Tacoma fire spokesman Joe Meinecke said. The department was no longer investigating the blaze as suspicious.

Officers and firefighters responded to the house in the 1000 block of South 86th Street just before 1:50 a.m., Tacoma police reported.

The four adults and child inside the home had detected the smoke and got out of the burning home before firefighters arrived, Tacoma fire battalion chief Mike Mitchell said. None were injured.

When firefighters arrived, they could see flames coming from the carport and front of the 950 square foot home.

Tacoma firefighters doused the fire but not before the flames caused “significant damage,” Mitchell said. (The department did not go to a second alarm on the fire as originally reported.)

Mitchell said investigators believe the blaze started in the home’s carport area, then spread to the house.

The fire caused $65,000 damage to the house and its contents.

The American Red Cross was helping the family.

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