Kitsap County Fire Safety Advisory Committee Report
on the Kona Village Fire
The Kona Village apartment fire in Bremerton (November
1997) resulted in four fatalities and caused approximately $7.5 million property damage.
This local example is a grim reminder of how a large fire can devastate families and the
community. However, this fire has also had a positive impact of generating discussion
regarding acceptable levels of fire risk in Kitsap County for existing multi-family
apartment buildings. The Kitsap County Fire Chiefs Association has encouraged the
community to examine and identify fire safety conditions in existing apartment buildings
which endanger the safety of citizens and firefighters beyond acceptable risk levels. The
Fire Safety Advisory Committee report examines the committee's efforts to address fire and life
safety problems within the community, as well as viable solutions. To enhance and maintain
a sustainable community, employing innovative fire prevention strategies and concepts.
A complete copy of the report including enclosures are available upon
request. Duplication cost is $15.00 including tax or download it from
this web page.
Please direct all questions or comments to Kitsap County Fire Marshal
Office at (360) 337-7181 or fax (360) 337-4925.