By Hallie McCurdy, Lakewood Fire
University Place — At 9:52 a.m. Tuesday morning, the University Place and Lakewood Fire Departments responded to a house fire at 4236 Alturas St W. Firefighters arrived to find one of the home’s occupants outside yelling for help. Firefighters from Engine 31 and Ladder 33 arrived to find both the garage door and front door open with smoke pouring out of them. They quickly entered the structure and put out the fire which was declared under control at 10:10 am.
The downstairs was heavily damaged by the fire and the rest of the home had significant smoke damage. Dollar loss is estimated at $110,000 to the structure and $103,000 in contents. The family dog perished in the fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation.