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Category: Fire


Lakewood woman charged with arson for allegedly starting fire at apartment complex

Pierce County prosecutors have charged a 42-year-old Lakewood woman with first-degree arson for allegedly setting an apartment building on fire Saturday, where the woman claimed the “four corners of hell” were located.

She pleaded not guilty Monday during an arraignment and was ordered held in lieu of $60,000 bail.

According to charging papers:

A resident of the complex saw the woman squirt lighter fluid on a burning fence, causing flames to spread to a tree and then a unit used as storage. She then lit other branches on fire with a lighter.

The blaze did not spread to any units

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UPDATED: Stove burner caused $60,000 in damages to Tacoma home

UPDATE as of 2:05 p.m.: A fire that caused $60,000 in damages to a Tacoma home today was started by a stove top burner that was accidentally left on, according to the Fire Department.

No one was home at the time of the blaze.

INITIAL POST: Tacoma firefighters have extinguished a blaze that broke out this morning at a house on Westgate Boulevard.

The road remains closed while crews mop up the scene in the 6300 block of Westgate Boulevard.

Firefighters responded to the home about 11:30 a.m. and doused the flames. No injuries were reported. A cause has not

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Overheated exhaust fan sparks evacuations in downtown Tacoma

A smoking kitchen exhaust fan forced the evacuation of a downtown Tacoma building Friday night.

An overheated fan in the basement of a building in the 100 block of South 9th Street sent smoke throughout the building, said battalion chief Jim Scott of the Tacoma Fire Department.

Patrons of a number of businesses, including a bar and comedy club, were forced to leave as fire alarms blared.

No injuries were reported.



Fire destroys hangar, contents at Eatonville airfield

A fire apparently sparked by static electricity Friday caused about $340,000 in damage to a hangar and its contents at Swanson Airport in Eatonville, authorities said.

The blaze broke out about 2:30 p.m., Eatonville Fire Chief Bob Hudspeth said.

A man was draining fuel from one of the two vintage airplanes he stored inside the hangar when a spark from static electricity ignited the fuel, Hudspeth said.

Flames quickly spread from that airplane to the other plane and eventually to two cars also stored inside, the chief said.

No one was hurt, but the hangar, planes and cars were a

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Arson fires damage two cars in Tacoma

Someone set fire to two cars in Tacoma early Wednesday morning, police and firefighters said.

The fires broke out about 1:20 a.m. in an alley in the vicinity of the 6700 block of Tacoma Avenue South, Tacoma Fire Department spokesman Joe Meinecke said.

A resident of the area saw his car on fire and ran outside to extinguish it, police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said. While outside he noticed a neighbor’s car ablaze as well, Cool said.

Both fires appeared to have started inside the passenger compartments, Cool said. Both are being investigated as arson.

No injuries were reported.


Crews respond to Fife house fire

Firefighters responded about 3:30 p.m. to the 6400 block of 4th Street Court Northeast for a house fire that displaced five people this afternoon, according to Tacoma Fire.

The cause of the blaze is still being determined.

No one was injured, and the occupants of the house weren’t home at the time of the fire.

A young German shepherd the owner said had been left in the back yard is still missing.

Further details were not immediately available.

Sylvia Miller walks away from her Fife Heights home which was heavily damaged by fire, June 19, 2013.

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