A 71-year-old woman was found dead inside a Tacoma apartment Tuesday after the building’s sprinklers extinguished a fire.
Firefighters were called to the Annobee apartments, a senior housing complex in the 300 block of North I Street, just before 11 a.m. and began evacuating residents who had not already gotten outside.
Crews then began searching the units.
A body was found in a basement level apartment. The Medical Examiner’s Office has not yet released the woman’s name.
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The blaze started in the same apartment where the body was found, Tacoma Fire spokesman Joe Meinecke said. Investigators determined the fire started by smoking materials igniting a chair.
No one else was hurt.