Two East Bremerton arson fires appear to be related

Two Monday morning fires in East Bremerton appear to be related, according to a release from Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue.

Firefighters responded to a structure fire at the Faith Temple Church located on Trenton Avenue at about 3:34 a.m. They arrived at about 3:38 a.m. and observed flames near the back of the church. The fire was quickly extinguished and the building suffered minor fire and smoke damage.

Later at about 7:17 a.m., a call was received in reference to a structure fire at a single family residence in the 2900 block of Helm Street. Firefighters arrived on scene at 7:25 a.m. and found a small smoldering fire on the exterior corner of the garage. The homeowner discovered his garage had filled with smoke and called 9-1-1. The scene was cleared at 9:04 a.m.

Both fires were considered suspicious and the Fire Marshal was notified. Kitsap County Fire Marshal David Lynam feels that the two incidents are related, according to the release. The FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were notified.

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