Four people hurt in Tacoma apartment fire

VIDEO: Family loses everything in Tacoma apartment fire

TACOMA, Wash. — Four members of a family were taken to the hospital after a fire destroyed their apartment, burning everything they had.

Neighbors told KIRO 7 that before firefighters arrived, people were running back inside a burning apartment with their children to grab clothes and other items.

Crews were called to the building near 56th and E. Swan Creek Drive in Tacoma shortly after 7 a.m. Tuesday.

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Firefighters arrived and found flames and smoke coming from the second floor. Crews got the fire under control within about 30 minutes and then focused on putting out hot spots.

The boss of a man who lives in the building, Corey Cooksie, told KIRO 7 his employee lived in one of the destroyed apartments with his wife and three kids. The woman and children have burns and smoke inhalation.

Cooksie said he was shown the clothes the family was wearing when they ran back into the apartment. There were burn holes in them. Neighbors said they were stunned that their injuries weren’t more serious.

Fire officials said the fire is believed to have started in a kitchen.

Two apartments are total losses and a third has water damage.