(Port Orchard, WA)
The Kitsap County Fire Marshal has determined that the fire that occurred
last night at 1442 NE Odin St in Poulsbo, claiming the life of 90 year old
Harold Champeness was caused when Mr. Champness ignited his clothing while
operating the kitchen stove. Damage was limited to the immediate area of the
kitchen with an estimated loss to property and contents of $10,000.
According to the fire marshal the home had no fire sprinkler system and the
fire alarms installed in the home operated as they should have.
Kitsap County Fire Marshal David Lynam states that “It’s sad to lose one of
the treasures of our community this way. The smoke alarms operated as they
should have but had there been sprinklers installed in the home this may
have been a different story last night.” The fire marshal also reminds us
that cooking is a major cause of fires and burn injuries in the home
particularly for our elderly population and urges anyone to contact their
local fire district or fire department for additional information on how to
prevent cooking related fires in the home.