A woman was injured early today when a fire broke out inside her apartment in the 6300 block of North 26th Street.
The woman was taken to a local hospital for treatment but her condition was not known. According to media reports, she suffered burn injuries.
No other occupants of the Tanara Villa apartments at 6322 N. 26th St., a 55 and older community, were injured, Tacoma fire spokesman Joe Meinecke said.
Tacoma police and firefighters were called to the complex just after 3 a.m. A blaze broke out in the woman's first-floor apartment. She escaped through a window and was found outside by arriving police officers, Meinecke said.
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Smoke from the fire filled a common hallway, forcing the evacuation of about 20 residents in apartments on both sides. About a dozen apartments were evacuated in the two-story building.
Residents were given shelter in a nearby recreation room as firefighters put out the fire and cleared smoke from the building, Meinecke said.
The fire did not spread beyond the woman's apartment. The cause of the blaze was under investigation. The flames caused $25,000 to $35,000 damage, Meinecke said.
Most of the evacuated tenants have been able to return home. The resident of the apartment directly above where the fire start has not been allowed to return home, Meinecke said.