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Storage shed catches fire

South Kitsap Fire and Rescue firefighters used 300 gallons of water to extinguish a storage shed fire in the yard of a residence in the 900 block of Charlotte Avenue in Navy Yard City Wednesday. - Photo by Kassie Korich
South Kitsap Fire and Rescue firefighters used 300 gallons of water to extinguish a storage shed fire in the yard of a residence in the 900 block of Charlotte Avenue in Navy Yard City Wednesday.
— image credit: Photo by Kassie Korich

Touted by neighbors as a notorious drug house, a storage shed in the yard of the home in the 900 block of Charlotte Avenue in Navy Yard City went up in flames Wednesday just after 11 a.m.

Inside the approximately 400 square-foot unsecured shed were personal items including a couch and a chest with drawers, according to South Kitsap Fire and Rescue duty chief Steve Wright.

When SKFR crews arrived the fire was fully involved and creeping up a nearby tree. About 300 gallons of water were used to extinguish the fire which may have been ignited by candles used by homeless tenants staying in the shed.

The homeowner unsuccessfully tried to douse the flames with a bucket of water prior to the firefighters’ arrival.

“Crews quickly put it out,” Wright said.

The Bremerton Fire Department also responded to the fire, but were not needed. Nearby neighbors, including Teresa Romedo who called 911, were not surprised to see the shed on fire and have come to know the house as a problem in the area.

“It’s just constant, it’s a constant battle,” Romedo said. “There’s always fights over there, it’s a drug house. I’ve had it here.”

“It’s a continuous problem,” added another neighbor who wished to remain anonymous. “We have problems over and over. Fighting, noise, drugs, trash, you name it.”

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