A fire significantly damaged a house in Tacoma’s Stadium-Seminary Historic District early Tuesday.
The blaze was reported about 6:30 a.m. at North Tacoma Avenue and North Eighth Street, which is near Annie Wright School.
Fire crews arrived to find heavy smoke and flames on the second floor.
Two adults in the house escaped without injury.
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“There is question about a pet dog that may not have survived,” Tacoma Fire spokesman Joe Meinecke said.
By 8:30 a.m., firefighters had knocked down the flames and were working on dousing hot spots.
It’s unclear what started the fire, which ripped through the upstairs of the “beautiful, turn-of-the-century house,” Meinecke said.
Christopher Jensen, whose mother lives there, said the fire might have been started by a furnace.
“She came downstairs, she turned on the furnace to get heat upstairs and all of a sudden we heard smoke alarms,” he said, adding he helped his mother out of the house when they smelled smoke.
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