South Kitsap Fire and Rescue responded to two structure fires over the weekend.
On Friday, May 3, crews went to a fire at a small duplex on Starboard Lane about 7:35 p.m., according to Battalion Chief Jon Gudmundsen.
Gudmundsen said when crews arrived they found smoke coming from a fire in the kitchen. No one was home when firefighters extinguish the fire. The occupants return to the home shortly afterwards.
The kitchen was heavy damaged and the rest of the duplex suffered significant heat and smoke damage. Damage was estimated at $25,000.
The Kitsap County Fire Marshall’s Office investigated and found a large plastic tub was left on a stove-top and the burners were inadvertently turned on, eventually igniting the tub and kitchen cabinets.
Firefighters responded to the second fire about 1:38 a.m. early Saturday morning on Southwest Cooper Avenue in the Parkview Terrance area.
Gudmundsen said crews found flames coming from the rear of a home that was vacant. Crews attacked the fire from the exterior first and then moved inside and extinguished a fire in
the kitchen and adjoining room.
The Fire Marshall’s office reported the fire started on the exterior of the structure and burned to the interior, significantly damaging 25 percent of the home.
They are unsure of the specific cause of the fire and is considering the origin suspicious. Damages to the structure are estimated at $35,000.
There were no injuries reported on either fire.