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Two firefighters hurt fighting house fire in Puyallup

Post by Mike Archbold on May 22, 2009 at 9:23 pm with No Comments »
May 22, 2009 9:23 pm

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

Two firefighters hurt fighting house fire in Puyallup

Posted by Mike Archbold @ 07:56:36 pm

Two Central Pierce Fire and Rescue firefighters received minor injuries this afternoon fighting a fire in a two story house in the North Puyallup area.

Central Pierce Battalion Chief Bob Hudspeth said no one living in the house in the house at 6315 Milwaukee Ave. East. were not injured. The family dog, however, died in the blaze that was called in to 911 at about 4:25 p.m., he said.

When firefighters arrived, smoke and flames were coming out of the upstairs windows, Hudspeth said.

A woman who lived there had run back into the house to try and fight the fire but a bystander ran in after her and brought her back out, he said.

The firefighters suffered minor burns when they entered the burning house after a report that other people were seen going back into the house. It turned out no one was in the house, he said.

"They went deep into fire to rescue people that weren’t there," Hudspeth said.

The firefighters were treated at the scene and stayed to fight the fire which was under control by 5 p.m., he said.

Hudspeth said the fire gutted the older home, causing an estimated $100,000 damage to house and contents.

The American Red Cross Mount Rainier Chapter was called to the scene. A Red Cross spokeswoman said they provided food, clothing and shelter for the three adults who lived in the rental house.

The cause of the fire, which appeared to start in a bedroom, is under investigation by the Pierce County Fire Marshall, he said.

Twenty-one firefighters on four engines, two ladder trucks, two Medic units and command vehicles responded to the blaze.

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