Cause of fatal Port Orchard fire still under investigation

PORT ORCHARD — A residential home fire on Horizon Lane in Port Orchard Feb. 7 killed 76-year-old Joann Parham, said Kitsap County Sheriff Detective Lt. Earl Smith.

A patrol deputy was briefly hospitalized and later released due to injuries sustained attempting to rescue Parham, Smith said.

Parham’s two sons had more serious injuries and one of them still remains at St. Anthony Hospital in Gig Harbor, according to Kitsap County Fire Marshal David Lynam.

Smith said the visual evidence suggested the fire may have started in the attached garage. However, this has not been confirmed since the Fire Marshall’s office has not completed its investigation.

“We still have (the) one brother in St. Anthony’s Hospital in Gig Harbor and we can’t complete our investigation until we can speak with him and get his statement,” Fire Marshal David Lynam said. “He suffered extensive injuries from the fire and hasn’t been able to talk. (However) we expect to be able to get his statement within the next 24 to 48 hours,” Lynam said.

The Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office reported that a small marijuana grow operation and an illegal butane honey oil extraction lab were discovered inside the one-story home on Horizon Lane.

A marijuana grow was also discovered at the Jan. 27 house fire involving the murder of members of the Careaga family.

Smith, who is involved in both investigations, stressed the fact that there was “absolutely no connection” between the two cases.