Winthrop repairs mean no evacuations

The Tacoma Fire Department reported Friday that the management of the Winthrop Apartments has taken prudent action and made significant progress in repairing the safety hazards found in the Winthrop Apartments during the Dec. 7 and Dec. 8 Tacoma CARES inspection.

The priority electrical repairs have been completed and approved and corridor sealing has begun. Work will continue over the next week to complete the safety repairs. The work is scheduled to be completed by Dec. 24. A round-the-clock fire watch will continue inside the building until the repairs are complete.

There are no plans for evacuation of the Winthrop Apartments. Residents will be able to continue living in the building while the rest of the repair work is completed and approved.

A fire drill was performed Friday at the Winthrop in which the residents, with only a few exceptions, successfully and swiftly vacated the building. There will be follow-up with the few residents that failed to successfully vacate the building.

The Tacoma Fire Department praised the ownership and management and tenants of the Winthrop for their cooperation and their swift action to effect repairs of the unsafe conditions found in the inspections.

The Winthrop Hotel in downtown Tacoma. (FILE PHOTO BY TODD MATTHEWS)


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