Vacant motel catches fire 2 nights in a row

Lakewood motel goes up in flames 2 nights in a row

A vacant Lakewood motel catches fire two nights in a row.
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A vacant Lakewood motel catches fire two nights in a row.

A vacant Lakewood motel caught fire on two consecutive nights.

The Colonial Motel, 12117 Pacific Highway SW, sustained significant damages from two blazes but no one was hurt in the fires

Passersby first spotted the buildings aflame about 10:30 p.m. Monday and called 911.

West Pierce firefighters found flames showing when they arrived and decided it was unsafe to enter so they tried dousing the fire with hoses from the outside.

It took several minutes to get the fire in the first building under control.

“The fire in the second building was larger and took more manpower to contain,” the agency said in a news release.

Once the fire was somewhat controlled, crews entered the motel and put out of the rest of the blaze.

Firefighters were called back to the motel about 8:40 p.m. Tuesday and again found heavy smoke and fire.

The danger was too great for crews to enter the burning motel so they attacked the blaze from the outside.

Investigators were working to determine what started the fires.

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653