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Fire damages new home

For the second time in as many weeks, a home under construction was damaged by fire.

This time, the cause does not appear to be suspicious. The blaze was blamed on a propane heater left going overnight to dry out the structure for sheetrocking, Bainbridge Police Detective Scott Anderson said.

A neighbor reported smoke coming from a home being built off Country Club Road, around the bend from Blakely Harbor Park, at about 6 a.m. Friday.

Fire crews found the flooring ablaze in a downstairs living room area. A 10-by-10 floor area was burned through, with flames getting into the crawl space below. The blaze was extinguished without incident.

A week ago, flames caused substantial damage to a home under construction in the Olympic Terrace neighborhood. That fire is considered suspicious and remains under investigation.

– Douglas Crist

Little League plans auction

Bainbridge Island Little League will hold its annual Winter Ball and Dinner Auction Feb. 21 at Kiana Lodge, from 6 p.m. to midnight.

This year’s theme is Treasure Island; some of the auction highlights include:

• Mariner’s Junior Sportscaster – Winner’s child can join the Mariner’s broadcast crew in the booth and participate on air.

• A week in a Maui condo.

• Fighter Pilot for a Day – Winner will take the controls of a real fighter plane and participate in a simulated dogfight over Puget Sound. (No flight experience is required.)

• A four-day Baja Race trip; participants actually drive a Baja racecar through 500 miles of Mexican desert, with first-class accommodations, food and drink each evening.

Auction proceeds will be used to outfit the league with new safety equipment, including batting helmets and breakaway bases, and contribute to new field development.

The league will also honor the many years of service of Don and Rana French. As a manager, Don took the 2001 All-Star team to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.

The public is invited. Tickets are $75 per person and include dinner, entertainment, dancing, and the auction; $25 of each ticket goes to the purchase of a new batting helmet. Tickets can be purchased online at

Information: 842-2018.

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