Fire destroys Seabeck mobile home
June 11, 2008 · Updated 11:29 AM
"There's nothing more terrifying than a home fire, which can wipe out years of precious memories, and possibly lives.Four members of a Seabeck family weren't home May 16 when their double-wide mobile home on Big Bird Lane burned, taking with it 12 years of their lives and possessions.Three family pets - two cats and a dog - survived the conflagration, said Shawn McIntyre.McIntyre was at work when his son, Randy Payne, 16, called with the news that the home was on fire.He called 911, and my wife (Laurie) at work before he called me, said McIntyre.Randy, a sophomore at Klahowya Secondary School, discovered the fire when he came home with a friend at lunchtime to pick up some homework, McIntyre said.He said smoke was barreling out of the master bedroom door, McIntyre said.He said he was told that the house is gone. McIntyre said he owned the house, but the land was leased.Tears streamed down the face of his younger son, Ryan Payne, 14, as he watched firefighters surround the structure to put down the blaze. A black Honda Gold Wing motorcycle and a boat were parked near the front of the structure.My other Gold Wing behind (the house) is probably totaled, McIntyre said.My neighbors told the firefighters, 'At least get the bike and the boat out of there. McIntyre's parents, Dee and Tim McIntyre of East Bremerton, arrived to comfort and support the family.Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue public information officer Judy Knudtzon gave McIntyre information about Red Cross emergency services for fire victims, and the CKFR chaplain also came to the scene.Don Wargo, a neighbor, came over in time to see Randy run out of the house and call the fire department.The smoke was so black you couldn't see anything. I grabbed the garden hose, but by that time it was too late, I couldn't even get close. There's no water pressure here anyway, we're on a well, said Wargo. Water tenders from CKFR stations in Seabeck and Silverdale took turns bringing water to the scene.Kitsap County Deputy Fire Marshal Ed Iskra said the fire apparently started in the bathroom of the master suite. The cause was undetermined Tuesday.There was so much damage we really couldn't pinpoint it, he said.Damage to the home and its contents was estimated at about $100,000. McIntyre said the structure was insured.John Gagne, who lives across the road from the McIntyres, said Laurie McIntyre's mother died recently.She's been through hell, he said.He's my neighbor and we're close, he said of McIntyre. It's hard to see friends lose things. You can't do enough for them, they're in shock.Gagne said the family had just put a new roof on their home, and bought new furniture.You bust your butt and this is what happens, he said. "