House fire caused by lit candle; displaces five

PORT ORCHARD — Five adults were displaced from their home early July 16 after a fire started from a candle.

At 4:22 a.m. July 16, South Kitsap Fire and Rescue were alerted to a fire alarm in the 14000 block of Joy Lane SW. Units arrived at the scene by 4:39 a.m.

According to the incident report, they “arrived on the scene of a single-story medium manufactured home with smoke and flames showing in a Delta side window. Resident was applying water from a garden hose through the bedroom window from the exterior.”

The report goes on to say that the resident assured SKFR all residents were out of the house. SKFR personnel “completed a 360 with nothing remarkable noted,” and then “knocked down the majority of the fire from the exterior.”

After checking inside the home, no extension was reported, and the fire was considered put out. All units were cleared from the scene by 6:45 a.m.

The Kitsap County Fire Marshal determined the cause of the fire was a candle on top of a dresser, and that it was unintentional. The fire damage was confined to the bedroom of origin, with smoke damage throughout. The report estimates property loss at $50,000, and content loss at an additional $10,000.

The family was assisted by a chaplain, who put them in touch with Red Cross after learning they had no alternative housing available, according to the SKFR report.

No injuries were reported in the SKFR report.

Michelle Beahm is the online editor for the Kitsap News Group. She can be reached at

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