2 adults, 2 children dead after house fire erupts near Port Orchard
KITSAP COUNTY, Wash. – Four family members are dead after a two-story house fire was sparked early Saturday morning in the 3800 block of Southeast Castlewood Drive outside the city of Port Orchard, according to the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office.
Authorities said a baby boy, a toddler girl, a man in his 30s and a woman in her 60s died when their house went up in flames around 3:45 a.m.
The bodies were found in the burned-out home Saturday afternoon. Authorities are not releasing identities of the dead.
Deputies said a man in his 60s was able to get out of the house during the fire and was taken to a local hospital.
Friends who knew the woman came to the house hoping for different news.
“I don’t know what to say, this is really shocking,” friend Medy Johnson said. “This is a surprise for us—their friends—because she is a very dear friend to me.”
Firefighters said the fire made it too dangerous to get into the house for hours until the house was stabilized.
“The fire was so strong and so fierce,” Deputy Scott Wilson with the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office said. “If [fire investigators] come across any information that leads them to believe there’s anything suspicious here, of course our detectives will be brought in to assist.”
While investigators try to get answers, neighbors and friends said they’re remembering a devoted grandmother who retired to spend more time with her grandchildren.
“I’m saying a prayer for them, it’s terrible, especially with kids,” said neighbor Richard Tuenge.
“Very happy, very giving, very caring, very good person,” Johnson said about the woman.
The cause of the fire hasn't been determined. The fire marshal’s office will resume the investigation Sunday morning.
South Kitsap Fire & Rescue offered its condolences on Instagram, saying “Tonight our community mourns. Tonight our heart aches. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families affected by this tragedy. And our thoughts and prayers are with the firefighters who did everything they could last night to the very last minute. For you, we are grateful.”