Port Orchard Independent


Sunday morning fire leaves family homeless

January 13, 2014 · Updated 11:08 AM

An early Sunday morning blaze that started in a second-story bedroom left a South Kitsap family homeless. No one was seriously injured in the fire in the 15500 block of Sidney Road. / Dannie Oliveaux/Staff Photo

An early Sunday morning fire has left a South Kitsap family homeless.

Eight people were taken to area hospitals after they evacuated a burning home near Horseshoe Lake in South Kitsap, according to a South Kitsap Fire and Rescue official.

According to media reports, six children, their mother and a friend were inside the home when the fire started. The fire destroyed the family’s home located in the 15500 block of Sidney Road SW and the family’s pet dog died in the blaze.

South Kitsap Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Ron Powers said an 11-year-old girl, accompanied by her mother, was taken to Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital.

Robert Evans, the girl’s father and a chief petty officer in the Navy, told KOMONews.com he was duty at the Navel Hospital in Bremerton when the fire started.

He said his daughter woke up with her hands on fire and jumped from the two-story roof to escape the fire, which started in the girl’s second-story bedroom. She suffered second- and third-degree burns to her hands.

A Kitsap County Sheriff’s deputy arrived at the scene first and reported the house engulfed in flames about 12:10 a.m. Several people were evacuated from the home before firefighters arrived.

Evans said a family friend helped save his family.

Powers reported that SKFR crews — four engines, three tenders, two medic units and an air support unit — were dispatched to the home.

A medic unit from Gig Harbor Fire also responded to the scene because of the number of potential victims. The mother and five children — ranging from ages 2 to 21 — were overcome with smoke inhalation and transported to Mary Bridge and Tacoma General Hospital. They were released Monday afternoon.

The fire was quickly extinguished and fire crews spent several hours performing overhaul and salvage operations, said Powers. Officials reported the home is likely a total loss.

The Kitsap County Fire Marshal is conducting an investigation to determine the cause of the blaze.

The family is receiving assistance from the American Red Cross.

Karen Bevers, West Sound director for American Red Cross, said Wednesday her agency is working with the family to help them with sustainable living conditions.

“The Goodwill Store of Port Orchard called us and will help provide the family with items and clothing destroyed in the fire,” Bevers said. “We’re going to work with them to replace much of what they lost.”

She said other community service organizations will provide assistance to the family.


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