Fire destroys two cars, garage

A family of four won’t be going home anytime soon after a fire Wednesday afternoon destroyed their garage and left extensive smoke damage throughout the rest of the house.

Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue crews were called out just after 4 p.m. Wednesday to a reported fire on the 6300 block of Sol Duc Drive in the Mosher Creek neighborhood.

When they arrived, they found the garage — located in the back of the home — completely ablaze with a Toyota Sequoia SUV parked inside. Another car, a 2004 Toyota Corolla was parked outside. Both vehicles, valued at a combined $60,000, were a total loss.

“The home’s fire door (between the garage and the living space) saved the residence from extensive damage,” CKFR batallion chief Mike Tague said.

County fire inspector Ed Iskra said the fire started in a new freezer the family recently purchased. He estimated the repairs to the garage and home would cost the homeowner’s insurance company $100,000.

With their power shut off and no hot water or heat, the familiy was staying with neighbors. Two people were home when the fire started.

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