Crews fight debris fire in Northeast Tacoma

A large debris fire in Northeast Tacoma on Monday sent dark smoke above the city.

The blaze started about 5:30 p.m. and burned brush, tires, old vehicles and outbuildings at a property in the 5000 block of 12th Street Northeast, Tacoma Fire spokesman Joe Meinecke said. No homes were in immediate danger. A neighbor was taken to the hospital as a precaution, but no one was seriously injured.

The fire grew to roughly two square acres. Crews had it under control about 7:15 p.m., but Meinecke said it was likely they’d have to stay overnight to keep an eye on hot spots.

What started it hadn’t yet been determined.

The area appeared to be private property, but it wasn’t immediately clear who owned it, or if it was just one parcel, Meinecke said.

The old vehicles burning there included semitrailers and buses.

When crews first arrived, a citizen with a bulldozer worked to help move debris around to make fire lines, Meinecke said.

“That helped a little bit, but (the fire) kind of hopped the lines and kept on going after a little while,” he said.