Three fires keep Tacoma Fire hopping on Sunday night

Staff writerDecember 23, 2013 

The Tacoma Fire Department was busy Sunday night, responding to three unrelated fires, including an arson that sent one person to the hospital.

Firefighters were called to the 6800 block of South Fife Street for a house fire at 6:30 p.m. and found flames and smoke coming from a 900-square-foot, one and a half story home, according to reports.

No one was inside when they arrived, but a 50-year-old woman was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation.

The Tacoma Police Department determined the fire was intentionally set by the woman who was involved in a domestic violence incident. She was arrested on suspicion of first-degree arson after she was released from the hospital, according to Tacoma Police spokeswoman Loretta Cool. Damage to the home was estimated at $112,000.

The other fires the department responded to included a fire in a detached garage at 5:44 p.m. on the 1600 block of East 31st Street and commercial structure fire at 8:30 p.m. on the 1400 block of Port of Tacoma Road.

Two people were displaced in the garage fire, which had been converted into a 1,392-square-foot apartment. The cause of the fire is undetermined, according to Tacoma Fire reports. Damage was estimated at $60,000. The Red Cross is assisting the people displaced.

The commercial structure fire damaged a 450-square-foot single story office building. Firefighters were able to keep the fire contained to a wall and the ceiling area. A malfunctioning HVAC unit caused the fire. Damage was estimated at $15,000.

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