PORT ORCHARD — An occupant of a South Kitsap home was critically burned March 30 and flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after attempting to douse a fire at its location at the 2800 block of Southeast Lund Avenue.
Fire units from South Kitsap Fire and Rescue and Bremerton arrived at the home just before 11 a.m. and found the medium-sized residence about 30-percent involved in flames. While the crew confirmed all occupants were out of the house, one of the residents was critically burned while trying to extinguish the fire with a garden hose.
The injured individual was taken by SKFR crews to meet Airlift Northwest for the quick flight to Harborview.
According to John Gudmundsen, SKFR battalion chief, more units had to be called in to fight the aggressive interior fire. After battling the flames for 20 minutes, crews had the fire controlled and then continued to extinguish hot spots.
Gudmundsen said even though the fire was tamped down relatively quickly, the home had significant damage from the spread of smoke and flames. He said an SKFR chaplain helped the occupants find temporary housing, clothing and locate other immediate needs.
Twenty-five firefighters, support staff and command staff responded to the blaze. One of the firefighters was taken to a local hospital for evaluation of minor burns.
The Kitsap County Fire Marshal’s office is investigating the cause of the fire.