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Arson suspected in Lakewood fire

Two cats died and two people were taken to the hospital when a mobile home in Lakewood caught fire early Friday. Investigators suspect it was arson.
Two cats died and two people were taken to the hospital when a mobile home in Lakewood caught fire early Friday. Investigators suspect it was arson. West Pierce Fire & Rescue

Lakewood police and local firefighters were investigating a Friday morning fire at a Lakewood mobile home park as a possible arson.

Firefighters from West Pierce Fire and Rescue responded to the Mt. Tacoma Mobile Park in the 300 block of South 96th Street about 6 a.m., spokeswoman Jenny Weekes said.

They found a mobile home spitting smoke and flames.

The damage forced a couple in their 60s out of the home; both were taken to an area hospital and treated for smoke inhalation.

The fire also killed a pair of cats, Weekes said.

The incident looked suspicious to investigators.

“The fire seemed to have started on the exterior of the building and moved to the interior,” Weekes said. “They are investigating it as an arson.”

Lakewood police will take charge of the investigation into the possible crime, Weekes said.

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