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Tag: Tacoma Fire Department

July
16th

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.

July
14th

Tacoma house fire displaces 3 adults, 3 children

A house fire displaced three adults and three children under the age of 10 Sunday afternoon in Tacoma.

Tacoma Fire crews responded to the blaze at the one-story home about 1 p.m. at South 56th and South M streets.

Half of the house was involved in the fire when crews arrived, and the flames had spread to the attic.

All the residents were able to safely leave the house by that time.

At one point firefighters were worried the flames would spread to a house next door, and crews worked on that side of the blaze to contain the fire,

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July
3rd

Man dies in rollover crash in Tacoma at East 62nd and McKinley

A man died in a rollover crash that happened about 5 p.m. Wednesday at East 62nd Street and McKinley Avenue East, Tacoma police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said.

It appeared the crash may have been caused by a medical emergency, she said.

Tacoma Fire Battalion Chief Jim Zuluaga said crews used the jaws of life to remove patients from the wreck, and that three people were taken to the hospital.

The Pierce County Medical Examiner has not yet identified the man.

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

July
3rd

Car crashes into pole on South Tacoma Way

Police believe a driver was using his cell phone when he crashed his car into a wooden power pole along South Tacoma Way on Wednesday.

Crews responded about 2 p.m. to the wreck in the 2200 block of South Tacoma Way, and took two of the three occupants of the car to the hospital, Tacoma fire Battalion Chief Jim Zuluaga said. The third occupant’s injuries were not life-threatening, Zuluaga said.

A female passenger was in critical condition at Tacoma General Hospital. It wasn’t clear whether the driver was hospitalized.

The crash ripped the car apart, which meant crews didn’t need

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June
26th

Bystanders help rescue man in water on Tideflats

Workers on the Tacoma Tideflats helped rescue a young man early Wednesday who appeared to be swimming in the area, according to Tacoma Fire.

Crews got a report about 6:30 a.m. of a man in the water near the 800 block of Portland Avenue. The swimmer, who police said is 18, had already been helped out of the water by the workers when emergency teams arrived, Deputy Fire Chief Jolene Davis said.

Firefighters took the man to St. Joseph Medical Center, where was is stable condition late Wednesday.

It’s not entirely clear why the young man had been in the

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June
19th

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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June
9th

UPDATED: Mustang and motorcycle crash at 24th and Proctor, both drivers injured

UPDATE as of 4 p.m. Monday: The injuries of both drivers were not life-threatening, Tacoma police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said. The Mustang turned left in front of the motorcycle, and the driver of the car was cited for failure to yield the right of way, Cool said.

INITIAL POST: A Mustang and a motorcycle crashed about 12:30 p.m. today at North Proctor and North 24th streets.

Both drivers were taken to the hospital, according to Tacoma Fire.

The conditions of both the man who was driving the motorcycle and the woman behind the wheel of the Mustang weren’t immediately available.

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