Man dies in fire in vacant Tacoma building

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TACOMA, Wash. - A man was killed in a fire in a vacant building in Tacoma Tuesday night.

It broke out at South 19th and Tacoma Avenue South at about 9:30 p.m.

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When fire crews arrived, the boarded up building was engulfed in flames.

Neighbors say they saw firefighters pull the man out of the burning building and give him CPR, but eventually, he died from his injuries.

“Doesn't look like they were successful, but he tried for at least 15-20 minutes pumping, pumping, pumping, trying to bring life to him,” said neighbor Justin Kinlow.

They also said the building is sometimes used by homeless people as a makeshift shelter. The building has no power supply.

Tacoma Fire Department investigators will likely spend a large part of their day there Wednesday because of the death investigation.

While the fire is not being called suspicious, the way the fire spread was out of the ordinary, according to firefighters.


 

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