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Poulsbo home

POULSBO —  A Poulsbo couple was forced out of their three-story home Friday evening after a fire ignited in the garage and extensively damaged the residence.

Poulsbo Fire Department crews arrived at the scene in Edgewater Estates just before 5:30 p.m. July 29 to find half of the home already engulfed in flames. Just as firefighters were preparing to fight the blaze, an electrical line fell from the house and electricity engulfed a nearby utility pole, guy wires and phone line.

Firefighters waited until the line burned out before extending hose lines and bringing the blaze under control within 20 minutes.

One of the homeowners had been resting on the second floor of the house when she noticed smoke wafting past the window and saw fire on the side of the attached garage. She opened the garage door to move the vehicles outside, but in the time it took her to move the first car, the fire had involved the entire garage, she told firefighters.

While heat and smoke damage affected the rest of the 3,500-square-foot home, crews were able to save much of the family’s belongings. The family is insured.

More than 20 firefighters responded to the scene, including; Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue, Puget Sound Federal Fire Department at Subase Bangor and NUWC Keyport.

There were no injuries to firefighters or civilians.

Investigators from the Kitsap County Fire Marshal’s office determined the cause of the fire to be accidental and electrical in nature, starting in or near the garage’s east exterior wall.

Racist graffiti found at

Pearson Elementary

POULSBO — Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to Hilder Pearson Elementary School on Central Valley Road July 26 for a report of vandalism to the school building.

Deputies arrived on the scene just before 2 p.m. to find graffiti on some of the school buildings.

The reporting party, a North Kitsap School District employee, said he believed it had happened during the previous weekend.

The colors used include red, black, white and gold paint. The suspects had painted swastikas, German iron crosses and a heart inside a pentagram as well as various phrases, including “Class of 2005” and “Hate WASL.” The areas damaged included a wall outside the gym, the cooling tower and numerous windows.

The NKSD employee said the graffiti is in the process of being painted over and will cost about $500 to fix.

There is no suspect information.

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