A woman and a Central Pierce firefighter suffered minor injuries late Thursday when fire destroyed a Puyallup house.
Several people were inside the large Spanish-style home atop a hill in the 2200 block of South Meridian when the blaze broke out in the basement about 10 p.m.
Everyone escaped before firefighters arrived and upgraded the call to a second alarm, summoning help from East Pierce Fire & Rescue and West Pierce Fire & Rescue.
“It was tough to put out,” Central Pierce spokesman Guy Overby said Friday.
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The woman and the firefighter were taken to a local hospital, treated for their injuries and released. The spokesman was unable to say how the two were hurt.
Investigators from the Fire Marshal’s Office were on scene Friday trying to determine what started the fire. That slowed traffic on South Meridian during the morning commute because drivers had only a single lane.
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