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They didn’t think it was arson until the second fire in three hours

A second fire in three hours at a home in the 5900 block of 66th Avenue East in the Waller area burned the home to the ground Wednesday night, according to Riverside Fire & Rescue. The blazes are now being investigated as an arson.
A second fire in three hours at a home in the 5900 block of 66th Avenue East in the Waller area burned the home to the ground Wednesday night, according to Riverside Fire & Rescue. The blazes are now being investigated as an arson. Courtesy

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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.

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.

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