Five people died when a rental cabin in Brinnon exploded early Sunday morning. According to a news release, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputies and fire personnel responded a report of a house fire in the 600 block of Salmon Street about 1 AM. Neighbors reported hearing an explosion, told dispatchers the hillside was on fire, and a house on the property, a small cabin, was gone.
During the initial suppression effort, firefighters located two bodies in the remnants of the cabin. Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office requested the assistance of the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab and investigators from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. After several hours and a systematic search of the fire scene, three additional victims were found in the debris.
The investigation continues and authorities say it may take several weeks to determine the cause and origin of the fire. However, investigators do not believe the fire was the result of a criminal act.
The victims have not yet been identified but investigators believe they are a family of five including three children. Autopsies have been scheduled.
Fire departments to respond to this incident included Brinnon Fire Department, Qilcene Fire Rescue, East Jefferson Fire & Rescue, Discovery Bay Fire & Rescue, Port Ludlow Fire Rescue, and Mason County Fire District 17.