UPDATE | Seven fires in Silverdale being investigated by fire marshal

Fire marshal’s office investigating 7 fires over 8 months

SILVERDALE – Seven fires in eight months have led to the Kitsap County Fire Marshal’s Office opening an investigation.

The seven fires were all within one block of Old Frontier Road NW between NW Hosman Circle and NW Gumtree Lane, according to a county press release.

Deputy fire marshal Ken Rice said the series began with an October 29 fire that consumed a large metal utility building at about 10:56 a.m. Then, on November 17, a mobile home with an addition built onto it was declared a total loss after being torched in a fire. Another fire was set to a 4-door Jaguar sedan on July 18.

After that, three brush fires were lit in the area on July 19, July 26 and August 2.

Fire was also set to a gate on July 22.

When asked what the motivation was behind setting fires to random property, Rice said arsonists have different motivations.

“Some of them will experiment. Sometimes it’s due to excitement, sometimes revenge. This probably looks like some type of excitement for motivation,” he said.

Rice said the fire marshal’s office began to link the fires together in July. He said the office isn’t always notified of fires because different fire districts have different parameters on when to notify the fire marshal. That was the case for the vehicle fire and one of the brush fires.

When deputy fire marshals began hearing the same small area mentioned again and again, however, they decided to open an investigation.

“If anybody sees anything suspicious or sees a fire and somebody leaving, don’t intervene,” Rice said. “If they can get a description or where the person went, that would be really helpful.”

Anyone with information on the fires is asked to call the fire marshal’s office at 360-337-5777.