Fire started at large encampment burns 24 acres, officials say

Fire started at large encampment burns 24 acres, officials say

TACOMA, Wash. — Heavy smoke and flames billowed in the air Thursday afternoon in Tacoma after a fire that started at a large encampment area spread.

Firefighters were called before 3 p.m. to the 4800 block of South Burlington Way (the old Tacoma airport) off South 56th Street.

Fire officials said flames burned debris, tires and, possibly, a vehicle in addition to brush and grass.

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No injuries were reported.

The Sounder south line train was interrupted but later resumed service.

The fire burned approximately 24 acres, fire officials said.