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Fire forces Tacoma family and their dogs from their home

Aftermath of house fire on 68th Street East in Tacoma

Tacoma firefighters canvas the scene of an early morning fire that forced at least eight people and two dogs from a home on 68th Street East Thursday morning,
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Tacoma firefighters canvas the scene of an early morning fire that forced at least eight people and two dogs from a home on 68th Street East Thursday morning,

An early morning fire forced at least eight people and two dogs from a Tacoma home on Thursday morning, according to the the Central Pierce Fire Department.

The fire started in the basement of the home off of 68th Street and burned holes in the floor, said spokesman Brian Levings. Firefighters responded at 3:17 a.m. The cause of the fire is not yet known and the floor is unstable and preventing access by firefighters, said assistant chief Guy Overby.

KIRO reported a couple and a baby were among the people who evacuated the home.

No injuries were reported. Pierce Transit dispatched a bus to the scene to serve as shelter for the family, and the Red Cross also responded. Firefighters are expected to remain at the scene for several hours as they continue to monitor the home.

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