Fire crews battled a fire on the South Shore of Hood Canal Wednesday afternoon that destroyed a house and garage, caused significant damaged a second house, minimal damage to a third house, started brush fires and closed State Route 106 for over five hours.
According to a post on the North Mason Regional Fire Authority’s Facebook page, crews were dispatched to a fully involved garage and house fire in the 14700 block of Highway 106 at 4:15 PM. A fire engine from Twanoh Falls was the first to arrive but had difficulty accessing the fire location due to downed live power lines on Highway 106.
The blaze spread to the adjacent houses and a 25 MPH wind pushed flames across the highway, causing brush fires. The brush fires moved up a steep hillside. Fire crews from the State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), with the assistance of a water dropping helicopter, worked to stop the brush fires while other firefighters prevented the fire from spreading to other houses.
Over 30 emergency personnel from Fire Districts 3, 6, 11, Central Mason Fire and EMS, and Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue provided assistance. Several bystanders and nearby residents assisted victims and firefighting efforts, and helped with initial traffic control on Highway 106.
All home occupants were able to get out safely. One bystander providing assistance to the fire victims was transported to Mason General Hospital with complications from smoke inhalation. No firefighter injuries were reported.
The cause of the fire is under investigation by Mason County’s Fire Investigation team.