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Fire crews put out a small garage fire about 4 p.m. Wednesday afternoon at a home in the Waller area.
Nearly three hours later, the house was engulfed in flames, leading investigators to believe it was an arson fire, according to Riverside Fire & Rescue.
The house in the 5900 block of 66th Avenue East is a total loss, said Daniel Hugo, battalion chief for the small fire agency that covers the area between Tacoma and Puyallup near the Puyallup River.
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Nobody was injured in the blaze.
Crews from Tacoma Fire Department, Browns Point-Dash Point Fire Department and East Pierce Fire & Rescue assisted with the house fire.
Pierce County fire marshals and the Sheriff’s Department are investigating the cause of the fire.