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    TACOMA (AP) - A century-old warehouse near the Tacoma Dome
    caught fire Wednesday, sending clouds of dense smoke over the
    surrounding industrial area along Interstate 5.
    By late afternoon, about 50 firefighters, eight engines and four
    ladder trucks had responded.
    There were concerns that the historic three-story brick building
    could collapse, so fire crews took a defensive approach, working
    the blaze from the outside. There were no reports of injuries.
    The 27,000-square-foot warehouse does not house an active
    business. Formerly known as Tacoma Cold Storage and Alpine
    Distribution, it had been undergoing renovation, said a news
    release from the city. Workers got out safely when the fire began
    at midmorning Wednesday.
    For the first few hours, the blaze emitted billowing clouds of
    thick smoke visible across the city.
    "It's definitely calmed down quite a bit," city spokeswoman
    Chris Gleason said from the scene late Wednesday afternoon. But
    extinguishing the blaze was expected to take a day or more.
    At the height of the blaze, power was out to about 2,000 area
    customers. Electrical service had been restored to all but five
    businesses near the close of the business day, according to Tacoma
    Utilities.
    There was no initial word on the fire's cause, though there was
    speculation that sawdust used as insulation may have contributed to
    the intensity of the blaze.
    The warehouse is part of a complex of 13 buildings erected
    between 1900 and 1913 by Pacific Brewing and Malting Co. It's on
    the state and federal historic registers, and has both iron and
    steel frames with brick facing.
    The structure is owned by Ducki and Kwi Hahn of Seattle, who
    bought it in May for $400,000 from John Ritchie, also of Seattle,
    the city said.

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    TACOMA (AP) - Fire destroyed the roof and wooden interior of a
    102-year-old brick warehouse near the Tacoma Dome, leaving the
    historic building in ruins.
    The fire sent billowing clouds of thick smoke over Interstate 5
    and into the South End on Wednesday. About 50 firefighters, eight
    engines and four ladder trucks responded to the two-alarm blaze.
    "We were concerned about a collapse," said acting Tacoma
    deputy fire chief Ron Stephens. "We've seen certain pieces of the
    brick facing come off."
    Firefighters took a defensive position. Three hoses on ladder
    trucks each poured 1,000 gallons of water per minute through the
    roof.
    "It's simply too dangerous for us to send firefighters in,"
    Capt. Jolene Davis said.
    The roof partly collapsed but the warehouse remained standing
    Wednesday night.
    The building, vacant in recent years, once housed the Pacific
    Brewery and later Alpine Cold Storage Co. Inc. It was placed on the
    National Register of Historic Places in 1978.
    "I don't know what happened," said co-owner Ducki Hahn as he
    watched smoke pour from the building's roof. He bought the
    warehouse in May for $400,000.
    Workers inside the 56,560-square-foot warehouse Wednesday
    morning were cutting metal plates with a power tool on the wooden
    floor as part of a renovation project.
    Firefighters suspect sparks might have ignited some of the
    materials inside, though the official cause of the fire had not
    been determined, said city spokeswoman Chris Gleason.
    Fire inspectors were waiting until flames were doused and the
    building stabilized to examine the blackened debris, Stephens said.
    At the height of the blaze, power was out to about 2,000 area
    customers.
    The warehouse is part of a complex of 13 buildings erected
    between 1900 and 1913 by Pacific Brewing and Malting Co. It's on
    both the state and federal historic registers.




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