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Tacoma Fire says blaze at strip mall appears to be started by homeless camp, temporarily shuts down 38th Street

Post by Alexis Krell / The News Tribune on Dec. 4, 2012 at 9:29 pm with No Comments »
December 4, 2012 9:29 pm

Crews put out a blaze in a strip mall at South 38th Street and South Fife Street tonight that appeared to be started by a homeless encampment out back, according to Tacoma Fire.

Police shut down South 38th Street in front of the building, but fire officials expect it to reopen shortly. They’ve been on the scene since about 8:30 p.m.

No one was injured in the blaze.

People in the camp behind the building lit a fire for warmth, which appears to have spread to a vacant store in the building, according to Tacoma Fire.

Most of the damage was contained to that unit, but electricity was cut to another store in the mall as Tacoma Power crews work on electrical damage, Fire officials said.

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