Construction worker hurt in Goldfish Tavern fire

A construction worker helping remodel Tacoma’s Goldfish Tavern was hurt Tuesday when fumes from an underground fuel tank ignited inside the city landmark, firefighters said.

The worker was taken to a hospital for treatment of undisclosed injuries, said Joe Meinecke, Tacoma Fire spokesman.

The blaze broke out just before 10 a.m. at the iconic tavern in the 5300 block of North Pearl Street, just outside the entrance to Point Defiance Park.

Meinecke said a crew was working on a fuel tank buried under the tavern when something caused vapors to ignite. The cause is under investigation.

Damage was mostly contained to the tank, Tacoma Fire said. The building itself had minor damage.

Owners of the tavern told The News Tribune in April that two underground fuel tanks remain from the tavern’s previous life as a gas station.

The Goldfish served as a watering hole from 1933 until it closed in 2012. It was renowned as a place to throw darts, quaff beer and, on chilly days, warm up next to the corner fireplace.

Two men recently leased the property with dreams of remodeling it into a bistro called The Defiant Goldfish, and more than 300 people donated about $25,000 to help.

They hoped to open the place this summer. It wasn’t clear Tuesday how far the fire would set back those plans.

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