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November 20, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Fatal Kitsap fire caused by fireplace log, officials say

The Associated Press

SUQUAMISH, Kitsap County – Fire officials say a fatal house fire in Suquamish likely started when a burning log rolled out of a fireplace, igniting a rug and other combustibles.

North Kitsap Fire and Rescue spokeswoman Michele Laboda said Monday afternoon’s fire killed a 57-year-old woman.

Investigators with the Kitsap County fire marshal’s office said Tuesday that the home caught fire while the woman was upstairs. It was unclear whether a smoke alarm in the home was working.

The fire was reported by neighbors and was difficult to extinguish because flames had spread to all three floors of the home.

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