A residential structure fire was reported shortly before 4 p.m. Monday on 11th Street in Poulsbo.
The Poulsbo Fire Department reported that a sleeping resident and his dog were alerted by a smoke detector and escaped.
According to Poulsbo Fire Department Battalion Chief Chris Rahl, “The apparent cause [was] discarded smoking materials that fell from the upper deck to the lower patio and ignited some dry bamboo and yard debris.”
“First arriving units found significant fire involvement to the first and second floor,” PFD stated. “The home is a total loss and the cause is under investigation.”
A Kitsap Daily News reporter on scene reported hearing multiple explosions coming from the direction of the fire, which was set far back from the road.
“Terrain, vegetation, exposure boats, vehicles and a travel trailer limited access to all sides of the building,” a PFD report states. “Shortly after the arrival of (a response vehicle) the power lines came loose from the building and laid across the driveway, road and hose lines, further hampering our ability to reach certain areas of the fire.”
Defensive operations continued at an average of 800 gallons per minute for the better part of 30 minutes with fire considered controlled in 40 minutes. Crews spent the next couple of hours extinguishing hotspots.