Fatality Fire in University Place
University Place, Wash. – At approximately 3:30 a.m., West Pierce Fire & Rescue responded to a duplex fire near 40th Street and Sunset Drive West in University Place. Firefighters arrived to find smoke coming from the back side of the duplex and reports of at least one person inside. Crews made all rescue attempts possible, but confirmed the fatality. The other side of the duplex was occupied with two people, both of whom were uninjured and there was no fire damage to their unit.
It is unknown if working smoke alarms were in the home during this incident. The cause is currently under investigation through the Pierce County Fire Marshal’s Office.