New South Colby home lost to fire

The cause of a fire that gutted a South Kitsap couple’s brand new home Tuesday is still under investigation, according to Fire District 7 spokeswoman Lisa Kirkemo.

Kirkemo said smoke was reported coming from the home on the 6400 block of Hinkley Road SE in South Colby shortly before 4:30 p.m. By the time district crews arrived, however, the “house was on fire, and nearly 60 percent involved,” she said.

Neither of the homeowners, whom she said had only moved into the two-story home four months ago, were home at the time. However, one of the couple’s two cats was found dead, and the other was still missing Wednesday.

Kirkemo said the crews worked five hours to extinguish the fire and dispatched a chaplain to comfort the male homeowner, whom she said had apparently only left the home “for an hour, and was very, very upset.”

She said “there was very extensive smoke damage,” which caused approximately $300,000 damage to the building, and $80,000 in property loss.

She said although it is believed the fire started in the garage, the Kitsap County Fire Marshal’s Office officially declared the cause “undetermined.” She said a private fire investigator from the homeowner’s insurance company is now investigating how the fire began.

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