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Residents evacuated from apartments after small Tacoma fire

Post by Alexis Krell / The News Tribune on July 3, 2012 at 6:46 am with 2 Comments »
July 3, 2012 9:06 am

Officers on patrol heard an alarm and noticed smoke coming from 608 N. Prospect Street about 11:30 p.m. Monday, according to Tacoma police.

Tacoma fire had a different dispatch address, but said the location was at the corner of Sixth Avenue and North Prospect Street.

Three residents were evacuated from apartments on the upper level of the building, and Tacoma fire responded to extinguish a small blaze in the business below. Several other businesses sustained smoke damage, Tacoma police said.

No one was injured.

Tacoma fire said the blaze started when a pile of towels spontaneously combusted, after being removed from the dryer and placed on a table.

“They were too hot and they overheated,” said fire spokesman Joe Meinecke.

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  1. tomwa007 says:

    Were the towels filled with oil or cleaning fluids??

    Clean towels do not spontaneously combust.

  2. Irritated says:

    Did they get washed in lighter fluid and dried off with matches? That’s just ridiculous.

    If they were gonna catch on fire, they would have done that ay their highest temperature, which would have been while in the dryer.

    Does the worker who removed the towels have blistered hands or a melted laundry basket?

    And how long had they been sitting on a table cooling off before they just suddenly burst into flames? Long enough for the worker to leave?

    I smell smoke alright…

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