Person injured in fire at monks' residence by Tacoma Buddhist temple

Staff writerApril 7, 2014 

A fire at the residence of several monks adjacent to a Tacoma Buddhist temple injured one person Saturday night.

Investigators said Monday they believed the fire at 8208 McKinley Ave. E. was accidental, possibly related to an electric blanket at the residence.

Tacoma Fire Battalion Chief Jolene Davis said crews were sent to the fire about 8:20 p.m.

The building next to Wat Samakiratanaram (a Cambodian Buddhist temple) is where several monks live, Davis said.

When crews searched the building, she said they found one man inside and took him to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Further information about his condition was not immediately available Monday.

Of the six or eight rooms in the building, the fire was contained to one or two, Davis said.

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