A fire that caused severe damage to a Northeast Tacoma house late Thursday was caused by discarded fireplace ashes, according to the Fire Department.
Firefighters were called to the 3100 block of 59th Avenue Northeast about 10:25 p.m. and found the entire house on fire.
Crews took a defensive strategy against the well-entrenched blaze and protected two homes nearby exposed to the intense heat and flames, according to the departments blog.
Two people who lived in the house escaped without injury. The house is a total loss, investigators said.