Alton Porter, barbecue chef/firefighter.
Alton Porter, the man who puts the heat into The Man, the super-hot sauce at Porter's Place Barbecue and Professional Catering in Tacoma, Bellevue and Safeco Field, fought a fire at his place Tuesday afternoon.
Kayla Krebs, Porter's catering manager, said the fire broke out among pellets stored by smoker grills on the side of Porter's Tacoma building near Interstate 5 and Portland Avenue, around 4 p.m. Tuesday. She said the grills were not in operation at the time.
Krebs said a cook called 911 to report the fire. She said firefighters first went to a downtown Tacoma location before arriving at Porter's.
"Porter stayed and fought it," Krebs said. "He put it out before the fire department arrived."
Krebs said the cause of the fire is under investigation. Kitchen and catering operations were not affected, she said.
Porter's Place Barbecue and Professional Catering, 2615 E. N St., Tacoma; 253-383-7603.