Suquamish home and contents destroyed in fire
January 21, 2011 · Updated 3:43 PM
SUQUAMISH — Jason Wistrand left home to go out for breakfast. Forty-five minutes later, he returned home to find his manufactured house and its contents being destroyed by a fast-moving fire.
His six-year-old Maine Coon cat, Minnie, died in the blaze.
North Kitsap Fire & Rescue and Poulsbo Fire Department crews were dispatched to the Essex Avenue home at 9:19 a.m. after Wistrand returned home to find flames and smoke coming from the structure.
No firefighters or residents were injured. Two pet dogs were outside at the time and were not injured.
Lori Weber, a neighbor who lives about 150 yards away, said she was in her kitchen when she heard “noise.” “I stuck my head outside to see what was going on and could see smoke,” she said. She grabbed her camera and, when she got to the scene, the home was fully engulfed, she said.
Steve Wistrand of Poulsbo said he was shaken to learn of the fire from his son, but relieved his son was not injured. “He lost personal belongings, but he had insurance so, in the long run, everything will work out,” he said.
Access to the home was complicated by twisting and narrow dirt roads, North Kitsap Fire & Rescue reported. The first crews were on the scene in just over seven minutes following dispatch.
Firefighters reported the house to be fully engulfed on their arrival. Efforts to extinguish the blaze were further complicated by a lack of fire hydrants in the area; water had to be supplied by tender trucks, North Kitsap Fire & Rescue reported.
Wistrand reportedly told officials that he’d left the 1,200-square-foot house to go to breakfast at 8:30 a.m. and hadn’t left anything — such as candles, heaters or woodstove – operating.
An investigator from the Kitsap County Fire Marshal’s Office was on the scene at noon and, at 1:45 p.m., the cause of the blaze had not been determined. The American Red Cross also went to the scene.
Photos 1-4 by Lori Weber; photos 5-7 by North Kitsap Fire & Rescue.