One person, two dogs dead following apartment fire in Tacoma early Wednesday morning

One person and two dogs have died after an apartment fire in Tacoma early Wednesday morning.

Tacoma fire crews were dispatched at 12:41 a.m. to the 6300 block of North 26th Street to reports of an apartment fire. Heavy smoke and flames were coming out of the first-floor unit of a two-story building, according to the department on X.

The fire was contained to the first-floor unit. One resident and two dogs were found deceased. The cause of the fire is under investigation, the post said.

The apartment where the fire started is uninhabitable, and the upstairs unit has a lot of smoke damage. The upstairs resident received Red Cross assistance for temporary relocation, according to Tacoma Fire Department spokeswoman Chelsea Shepherd.

It took firefighters about 20 minutes to knock the fire down. The preliminary cause of the fire appears to be discarded smoking materials, Shepherd said.

The official cause of the fire is under investigation.