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Man dies after being trapped inside as fire completely engulfs two-story house near Spanaway

By Julia Dallas,


A man died after being trapped inside as a fire completely engulfed his two-story house near Spanaway on Monday.

Crews from Central Pierce Fire and Graham Fire were sent to 199th Street Court East, between Spanaway and Elk Plain, around 7 a.m. after the fire was reported by a passerby.

Central Pierce Fire and Rescue said arriving crews found the two-story home fully engulfed in flames. Neighbors told firefighters they thought someone was trapped inside.

Firefighters confirmed there was a car in the driveway and started searching for people inside. The 12 responding units started working to control the fire.

Firefighters said the floor and roof were damaged. Around 7:30 a.m. firefighters found a man, believed to be in his 50s, inside the house and started life-saving efforts. The man was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital 10 minutes later but unfortunately passed away.

Central Pierce Fire said that crews are still on the scene working on hotspots and investigating the cause of the fire.

“Central Pierce Fire & Rescue offers heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the deceased,” said the agency.

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