Authorities say fatal fire in Port Orchard not connected to Seabeck house fire and murders

Authorities say fatal fire in Port Orchard not connected to Seabeck house fire and murders

This story has been updated.

One person died and three were injured in a residential home fire in Port Orchard on the evening of Feb. 7.

The Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office reported a small marijuana grow and an illegal Butane Honey Oil extraction lab were discovered inside the one-story home on Horizon Lane.

The 76 year-old woman who died has been identified as Joann Parham, Kitsap County Sheriff Detective Lt. Earl Smith said.

Her two sons and a Kitsap County deputy were hospitalized for injuries. The deputy, who was injured while trying to rescue Parham from the burning building, has been released from the hospital, Smith said.

The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Kitsap County Fire Marshal. Smith said the visual evidence suggests the fire may have started in the attached garage.

Smith, who is involved in both investigations, stressed there was “absolutely no connection” between this home fire and the house fire involved in the murders of John and Christale Careaga and their 16-year-old sons on the weekend of Jan. 27.

In that case, Christale Careaga and their sons were found dead that night in their Seabeck home, which had also been set on fire. John Careaga was found dead in his pickup truck three days later on a tree farm in Mason County; the pickup truck had also been set on fire. The Kitsap County Sheriff’s Department has determined all four were murdered. That investigation continues with the assistance of the FBI; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; and the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab.

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