Crews fight stubborn house fire in Tacoma

TACOMA, Wash. — Crews fought a stubborn attic fire in a south Tacoma home overnight.

The Tacoma Fire Department first tweeted about the fire in the 5200 block of South Pine Street at 12:14 a.m. Thursday.

Firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke and flames coming from the second story. Firefighters searched the home but no one was found inside.

One crew pulled down part of the ceiling on the second floor to better access the flames while another crew vented the flames from the outside by cutting holes in the roof.

Firefighters said the flames were difficult to fight because knee walls kept them from getting clear access to the attic. Knee walls are short walls that support the rafters of a roof.

Crews then switched to a defensive attack and fought the flames from the outside. A ladder truck was used to focus water on the roof.

Shortly before 1:30 a.m., fire officials said the bulk of the flames had been knocked down.

A fire inspector will determine the cause of the fire.

No one was hurt.