Lights & Sirens

Go behind the yellow tape with The News Tribune

NOTICE: Lights & Sirens has moved.

With the launch of our new website, we've moved Lights & Sirens.
Visit the new section.

Tag: Central Pierce Fire & Rescue


Crews put out brush fire behind Mt. Tahoma High School

Firefighters just finished putting out a roughly 200-by-200 foot brush fire at South Tyler and South 74th streets by Mount Tahoma High School, Tacoma Fire Battalion Chief Jim Zuluaga said.

Central Pierce Fire & Rescue and Tacoma Fire responded to the blaze about 7:30 p.m. and worked together to extinguish the flames.

No buildings were in danger, and no one was hurt.

It’s not clear how the fire started, Zuluaga said.

Tacoma Power crews had to let emergency workers through gates to access the flames, but the nearby power substation was not threatened, Zuluaga said.


Car reported into building near South Hill Mall

UPDATE as of 5:20 p.m. A 65-year-old woman was driving a car carrying an 8-month-old boy and a 61-year-old female passenger, when the vehicle accelerated from the drive-up teller tube machine into Harborstone Credit Union about 1:47 p.m. at 3921 South Meridian, according to police.

The three in the vehicle and a 27-year-old female employee inside the building suffered minor injuries.

The car ran into the employee lunch room, Harborstone facilities supervisor Wes Urbanec said.

The credit union will be close until 9 a.m. Tuesday, he said.

The cause of the crash is still being investigated.

UPDATE as of 3 p.m. Two

Read more »


Crews responding to house fire in Parkland

A fire that appears to have started in the attic of a Parkland home this afternoon is under control, and investigators are now working to determine what caused it.

Crews were called about 4:25 p.m. to the 1600 block of 116th Street South, Central Pierce Fire & Rescue assistant chief Randy Stephens said.

They arrived to find smoke coming from the attic of the home, and tried to fight the blaze from the roof, Stephens said.

When that didn’t work, firefighters ended up accessing the attic from the inside of the single-family home.

No one was injured.

The deputy fire

Read more »


2-house, 2-alarm fire under control in Parkland

Crews responded about 6:30 p.m. today to what became a two-alarm house fire in the 900 block of 112th Street South in Parkland.

The fire appeared to spread to a nearby house, Central Pierce Fire & Rescue Assistant Chief Randy Stephens said.

No one was injured.

He said the fire at both residences is under control, and that investigators are working to determine what caused it.

Utility crews were called to handle a natural gas leak at one of the homes, Stephens said.

A five-gallon propane cylinder involved in the fire was releasing gas, he said, but crews got the

Read more »


UDPATED: Motorcyclist in critical condition after crash with car in Tacoma

UPDATE: The patient is a 46-year-old male, according to Tacoma police. He was taken to St. Joseph Medical Center and his injuries remained life-threatening Thursday night, spokesman Mark Fulghum said.

INITIAL POST: A motorcyclist is in critical condition tonight after a crash with a vehicle at South 96th Street and Pacific Avenue South, according to Tacoma Fire.

Medics from Central Pierce Fire & Rescue and Tacoma Fire were dispatched to the scene at 7:42 p.m.

The patient was taken to a local hospital.

Further details were not immediately available. Check back for updates.


Seattle to Sandy: Central Pierce collecting donations for superstorm victims

Central Pierce Fire & Rescue is collecting donations at all 12 of its stations (Station 70 is not staffed) for the next two weeks to support victims of Superstorm Sandy.

The project, called Seattle to Sandy, is specifically targeting members and retirees of the New York City Fire Department and their families who were affected by the storm.

The goal is to fill a 52-foot trailer set for New York.

The goods will be distributed by Friends of Firefighters, a nonprofit created in response to 9/11.

The organization has a list of items needed to support victims of

Read more »


UPDATED: Bus hits pedestrian at Steele Street South and South 96th Street

UPDATE as of 10:23 p.m. The patient was hit by a Pierce Transit bus and was taken to a local hospital, according to Tacoma Fire. The extent of the pedestrian’s injuries was not immediately available, but a trauma team was activated.

INITIAL POST: Tacoma Fire and Central Pierce Fire & Rescue crews are responding to Steele Street South and South 96th Street after receiving a report just after 9 p.m. that a bus hit a pedestrian, according to Tacoma Fire.

Officials are still evaluating the patient.

Further details were not immediately available. Check back for updates.


Puyallup man shot after spat in apartment parking lot

A 26-year-old Puyallup man was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries after he was shot in the abdomen during a dispute with another man in the parking lot of their apartment building Wednesday night, police say.

Officers responded to the 900 block of Ninth Street Southeast about 11:30 p.m., said Puyallup police Cpt. Dave McDonald.

The victim was treated by Central Pierce Fire & Rescue and taken to Tacoma General Hospital.

Police arrested the 32-year-old suspect after he fled on foot, when he returned to the scene about an hour later. He will be booked into Pierce County Jail

Read more »