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Quick response prevents more damage from fire

Quick response by South Kitsap Fire and Rescue firefighters was able to limit the damage of a fire that started in the attic between the rafters and roof of a home along SE King Road on Jan. 16.

South Kitsap Battalion Chief Guy Dalrymple said crews were at the home, five minutes after the call fire was called into 911 at 11:56 p.m., because the station is off SE Banner Road.

Dalrymple reported one person, living in the home, said he heard crackling noised between the ceiling and roof.

“The fire damaged 25 percent of the roof,” said Dalrymple. “Most of the damage was to the ceiling and main living area because we had to pull it down to get to the fire.”

All three people staying in the house exited safely.

The Kitsap County Fire Marshal’s Office investigated and determined an electrical problem caused the blaze. Dalrymple said the home had smoke detectors, but the fire was in the attic, the roof smoke didn’t trigger the alarms.

The family was unable to remain in the home and stayed with other family members who live in the area.

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