FIRES ERUPT ON INDEPENDENCE DAY

Tacoma Fire Department crews were kept busy during the July 4 weekend. Even though fireworks are illegal within the city limits, there were too many brush fires to tally according to reports.

Firefighters responded to a prohibited bonfire along the 200 block of North “G” Street.

Firefighters responded to reported garage fire along the 3900 block of North 13th Street. The first arriving company found a fully involved detached garage fire. Crews worked quickly to contain the fire and protect nearby structures. A fire investigator determined the cause of the fire was an electrical malfunction resulting in $12,000 in damage to the garage and a nearby vehicle. There were no injuries to report.

Firefighters responded to a reported fire in Point Defiance Park. Upon investigation they found and extinguished an unattended campfire deep in a wooded area.

Firefighters responded to a reported house fire along the 2000 block of East 36th Street. A neighbor saw smoke and used a garden hose to extinguish a small siding fire prior to firefighters’ arrival. Crews removed a portion of the siding, applied water to the area, and used a Thermal Imaging Camera to confirm the fire was out.

Firefighters responded to a large bonfire on the beach along the 8400 block of Sixth Avenue. Citizens were burning driftwood, and they extinguished the fire upon request.

Firefighters responded to a reported fire on a 33-foot sailboat at 5618 Marine View Dr. Fireboat Destiny's crew arrived to find no fire on the vessel. The sailboat was towed back to an open dock and there were no injuries to report.

Firefighters responded to a reported house fire along the 3200 block of 44th Street Northeast. The first arriving engine company found smoke and flames showing from the exterior and gable roof area of the two-story residential structure. Crews attacked the fire that had started at the base of the structure and burned up the vinyl siding to the roof. A fire investigator determined that the cause of the fire was a large aerial rocket firework. There were no injuries to report.

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