One person died early Tuesday after being unable to escape a fire that quickly spread through an apartment in Tacoma, according to the Fire Department.
Firefighters were called about 1:20 a.m. to the Spanish Hills apartments, 6409 S. 12th St., and found smoke and flame coming from a downstairs unit.
“While we were knocking the fire down, we did find a single occupant in the apartment,” fire spokesman Joe Meinecke said.
The resident has not been identified.
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No one else was injured in the blaze.
People in the other apartments were evacuated and kept warm inside a bus brought in by the Fire Department. Since no other apartments were damaged, residents were allowed to return to their homes within a short time.
Investigators said the fire was caused by a wall heater that ignited items nearby.
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