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Public Communications (MS-11)
614 Division Street, Port Orchard, WA
Phone: 360.337.4598

Date: February 26, 2016
Contact: David Lynam, Kitsap County Fire Marshal
360.337.5777 or
No: 2016-015

Fire Marshal on scene investigation of Port Orchard explosion and fire completed

(Port Orchard, WA) - Kitsap County’s Fire Marshal Office has completed its on scene investigation of the Tuesday morning explosion and fire that claimed the lives of William and Maria McDonald. 

Initial conclusions indicate that a leak of propane from gas piping on the East side of the home allowed gas to accumulate under and within the residence throughout the evening and early morning hours. At approximately 4:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning the concentration of propane reached its explosive limit and was ignited by an as yet unidentified source. The subsequent explosion destroyed the home and ignited a fire in the remaining debris and attached garage and storage structures. The fire marshal has secured a number of items including gas piping, valves and regulators for further examination.

Individuals who discover personal items belonging to the McDonald’s or who may have suffered damage to their home or property as a result of this incident can contact the fire marshal’s office at 360.337.5777.

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Last Updated:  February 26, 2016