Neighbors of two people killed in a Lakewood apartment fire said they were an older couple, and the woman had been ill and unable to move around.
Neighbors told reporters at the scene the man had escaped the flames but went back inside to rescue his wife.
West Pierce Fire and Rescue Battalion Chief Hallie McCurdy says the fire was reported about 1 a.m. Wednesday by a resident of the Morning Tree Park Apartments.
Arriving firefighters found one unit in a single-story building in flames. Firefighters quickly knocked down the flames and found the bodies.
McCurdy says the fire started in the living room but the exact cause has not been determined.
The Red Cross is helping a half-dozen residents in adjacent apartments that had smoke damage.