Bainbridge fire destroys garage, kills two cats

The Bainbridge Island Fire Department's holiday music truck outing Wednesday night was cut short when firefighters were called to battle a house fire.

"They were about an hour and a half into their run," said Fire Marshal Luke Carpenter. "We try not to disappoint, but sometimes we have to go to work," he said.

No one was hurt in the fire, but a Bluff Street home was heavily damaged.

Two cats died in the blaze, but firefighters were able to save the life of a dog that had also suffered from smoke inhalation.

The fire put a quick end to Wednesday's holiday truck run.

Fire crews take their truck — decked with lights and holiday music — around island neighborhoods each holiday season to spread good cheer.

But after a neighbor called 911 to report a fire, the festive lights on the department's holiday rig were shut off and the siren was turned on.

The call came in at 6:20 p.m.

"She reported hearing explosions and seeing flames," Carpenter said.

The flames were isolated to the garage of the split-level home. A car and other items in the garage were destroyed. Rooms above the garage were also damaged.

Fire crews were able to stop the spread of the blaze, but the remainder of the house suffered smoke damage.

Two cats died, apparently because of the smoke.

A dog was also found in poor health from smoke inhalation, but fire crews were able to resuscitate it.

The investigation into the fire is ongoing, but Carpenter said that it appears accidental.

The fire department will look at possible holiday truck route changes in the coming days hoping to cover areas that were missed Wednesday night.


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