Port Orchard, Washington: 2 Dead After Home Explosion Near Seattle

February 23, 2016 Updated: February 23, 2016

PORT ORCHARD, Wash.—The remains of two people were found following a powerful explosion Tuesday morning that leveled a home in Western Washington.

The home exploded in Port Orchard, about 15 miles west of Seattle. The Kitsap County Sheriff’s office said it has confirmed two fatalities at the blast. Identifications have not been released.

Previously authorities said two residents of the triple-wide manufactured home were unaccounted for. The sheriff’s office was still trying to determine the cause of the 4 a.m. explosion.

South Kitsap Fire and Rescue said the explosion shook the neighborhood, damaged other homes and blew out windows at a nearby elementary school.

Crews respond to the scene of a house explosion in the 3800 block of Soholt Lane SE in Port Orchard, Wash. on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016. The remains of two people were found following a powerful explosion Tuesday morning that leveled a home in Western Washington. (Larry Steagall/Kitsap Sun via AP)
Crews respond to the scene of a house explosion in the 3800 block of Soholt Lane SE in Port Orchard, Wash. on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016. The remains of two people were found following a powerful explosion Tuesday morning that leveled a home in Western Washington. (Larry Steagall/Kitsap Sun via AP)

 

Sheriff’s spokesman Scott Wilson told The Seattle Times hundreds of calls came into the dispatch center reporting a loud, forceful explosion.

First responders arrived to find the home leveled and burning — “turned into Popsicle sticks,” Wilson said.

School officials were assessing the damage at Mullenix Ridge Elementary.

Sheriff detectives have requested the federal Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms assist with the investigation.