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Vandals strike again on Ridgetop

For the second time in as many months, the former HomeBase store on Ridgetop Boulevard has been the target of vandals.

On Saturday, Kitsap County Sheriff’s Deputy Dave Anderson was driving past the building when they noticed smoke coming from a 20-foot-long flat bed trailer. Upon further investigation, Anderson saw that a tire was on fire which he proceeded to attempt to extinguish using the fire extinguisher in his patrol car. Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue was called in to mop up the job and make sure the fire did not spread.

The trailer is owned by a contractor working on the site which is being converted to house a Sportsman’s Warehouse and a Levitz Home Furniture store.

Fire Marshal Derrick Crawley, who investigated the blaze, said whoever started the fire used an “adhesive bonding material to set the tire on fire.”

A metal bucket containing the industrial glue tipped over and started the tire fire. Other than the tire and rim needing to be replaced, the only other damage was some paint blistered on the trailer.

“It’s still under investigation,” Crawley said. “But I determined it was intentionally set.”

The store itself was a target of arsonists two months ago who set a fire inside and sprayed graffiti on the walls. That incident also is still being investigated.

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