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Tacoma firefighters extinguish North End house fire

Tacoma firefighters doused a fire in a North End home this morning.

Crews were called to the home in the 4500 block of North Ferdinand Street about 6:45 a.m., Tacoma fire spokesman Joe Meinecke said.

Firefighters spotted smoke and fire coming from the home’s basement when they arrived. They put out the fire.

No injuries were reported.

Investigators were looking into what sparked the fire.


UPDATED: State agency investigating last week’s dump truck crash in North Tacoma

The state Department of Labor & Industries has launched an investigation after a dump truck speed down a steep North End Tacoma street last week and crashed into a tree.

An inspection by City of Tacoma road compliance officers found the brakes on the Puget Paving truck were defective. The truck, which was loaded with 25 tons of asphalt, was delivering the material Wednesday morning to a North 36th Street repaving project when the brakes failed.

Witnesses applauded the efforts of the driver to avoid hitting bystanders as the truck sped down North 36th Street. The driver suffered a broken

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Malfunctioning space heater likely sparked fire early today inside North End Tacoma home

Two people were left without a place to stay after a fire ripped through a North End home early today.

Tacoma firefighters were called to the home in the 5000 block of North Visscher Street just before 4:20 a.m. They found heavy smoke coming from the back of the one-story home, the department reported.

They doused the flames. No injuries were reported.

Investigators suspect an electrical malfunction in a portable space heater sparked the blaze, the department reported. The fire left $35,000 in damage to the property and its contents.

Tacoma firefighters advise citizens to keep the following in mind

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Vandals break into North End post office mailbox

Vandals broke into a mailbox and scattered mail about late Sunday in the North End.

Tacoma police were notified of the incident shortly after 11 p.m., spokesman Mark Fulghum said.

According to the report, someone pried open a door on one of three blue mailboxes located at North 27th and Adams streets. Officers found mail on the ground and still in the box, Fulghum said.

The officers collected the mail and placed it in one of the secured drop-off boxes. The department then notified the U.S. Post Office.


Charges filed against man shot during interrupted burglary Wednesday

Pierce County prosecutors filed charges today against a man who was shot and wounded Wednesday when a contractor interrupted a burglary at a North End Tacoma home.

They also charged a second man who apparently was at the house but left before anyone saw him.

Jeremy J. Shaw, 32, and David A. Howlett, 24, pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree burglary, theft of a firearm and unlawful possession of a firearm during court hearings this afternoon. Each was ordered held in Pierce County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bail.

Shaw was shot in the left arm and side

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Wounded burglary suspect released from hospital, booked into jail

A 32-year-old man shot during an interrupted burglary in Tacoma’s North End has been booked into Pierce County Jail.

The man was released from Tacoma General Hospital today, then interviewed by detectives, police spokesman Mark Fulghum said. Investigators booked the man into jail this afternoon on suspicion of first-degree burglary, theft of a firearm and unlawful possession of a firearm.

Tacoma police allege the man was burglarizing a home in the 4200 block of Alki Street shortly after 11 a.m. Wednesday. A contractor who was doing work at the house arrived and found an unfamiliar minivan in the driveway.

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Tacoma firefighters douse North End house fire

Tacoma firefighters were investigating what sparked a fire at a North End home this morning.

Crews were called to the home in the 2200 block of North Tacoma Avenue just after 5: 10 a.m.

Firefighters found smoking coming from the front of the two-story home when they arrived. Crews doused the flames.

No one was home and no injuries were reported.


UPDATED: Deaths in North End Tacoma believed to be homicide-suicide


Tacoma police are investigating the deaths of two people found inside a North End Tacoma  as a homicide-suicide, police spokesman Mark Fulghum said this afternoon.

It appears the man killed the woman, then himself. Fulghum said the two victims are related but declined to be more specific because their next of kin had not yet been notified.

A motive for the homicide-suicide was not known. The cause of their deaths also has not been released.

“(The detectives) are trying to establish what took place,” Fulghum said.

Fulghum said detectives were waiting for toxicology results from the Pierce County Medical

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