Fire destroys Kingston home, kills dog

North Kitsap Fire and Rescue crews put out a fire at a double-wide trailer in Kingston on July 3. - Courtesy of North Kitsap Fire and Rescue
North Kitsap Fire and Rescue crews put out a fire at a double-wide trailer in Kingston on July 3.
— image credit: Courtesy of North Kitsap Fire and Rescue

KINGSTON — Fire investigators determined an unattended cooking is the likely cause of a July 4 fire that destroyed a Kingston home, and killed a 7-month-old dog.

Investigators with the Kitsap County Fire Marshal's Office followed the fire to a kitchen of the double-wide trailer on Illinois Avenue near downtown Kingston, according to a report from North Kitsap Fire & Rescue. Investigators suspect that food was left in pans on a stove while the burners where on.

Firefighters with North Kitsap Fire & Rescue and the Poulsbo Fire Department were notified of the Illinois Avenue house fire at 5:38 a.m., July 4. Multiple neighbors called 911 to report the fire, according to the report.

Two of the three residents were home at the time. A man awoke to the sound of flames and attempted to put the fire out. He then ran to awake another man in the home before both escaped.

A 7-month-old dog did not make it out of the home and died in the fire.

The first fire engine was on scene within seven minutes of initial 911 calls, but by that time the 800-square-foot double-wide trailer was fully ablaze. It took nearly 30 minutes to extinguish the fire, according to the report.

Illinois Avenue was closed for about two hours while firefighters continued to extinguish down remaining hotspots. Local water service in downtown Kingston was disrupted as firefighters used a considerable amount of water to tackle the fire.

The American Red Cross responded to the incident and offered services to the Kingston residents.

North Kitsap Fire & Rescue spokeswoman Michele Laboda noted that unattended cooking is the leading cause of home fires in the United States. Locally, cooking fires are responsible for more than 10 Kitsap County incidents within the past month.


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