Wall heater ignited Tacoma fire that killed 39-year-old man, investigators say

(Credit: Tacoma Fire Department)

TACOMA, Wash. — Investigators say flammable materials ignited on a wall heater, causing a fire that killed a man in Tacoma.

About 1:20 a.m. Tuesday, crews were called to the Spanish Hills Apartments at 6409 S 12th Street.

During their investigation, an adult’s body was found inside a burned apartment on the ground floor.

The person was identified as 39-year-old Lonnie Malone. Authorities say he lived alone.

No other injuries were reported.

Tacoma Fire said the fire started on the ground floor and was contained to only one unit.