Navy housing on alert after series of fires | UPDATED

It’s trash day in Katie Wright’s neighborhood, and she plans to pull her empty bin into the garage quickly. Someone set fire to recycle and trash bins in the Crescent Harbor military housing neighborhood where she lives, which is located east of Oak Harbor.

This home on Alder Lane in the Crescent Harbor military housing area was damaged in a recent fire.

It’s trash day in Katie Wright’s neighborhood, and she plans to pull her empty bin into the garage quickly.

Someone set fire to recycle and trash bins in the Crescent Harbor military housing neighborhood where she lives, which is located east of Oak Harbor.

At least two of the fires blossomed into bigger blazes. Wright heard about a third that scorched the siding on a house.

“I worry about it,” she said. “I have a baby and a kid. I don’t need our house burning down.”

The Naval Air Station Whidbey Island commanding officer warned personnel in an online message to stay vigilant and stash bins inside the garage until trash day.

“This is a potentially life threatening situation, particularly if the fire spreads to nearby structures or homes as we have seen in two of the fires,” said Capt. Mike Nortier in the message.

Navy officials are tightlipped about the fires, declining to provide basic details, including how many occurred. Base spokesman Mike Welding did confirm no one was hurt. The two larger fires were set at night.

“We aren’t going to say anymore,” he said.

At least one of the fires happened Sept. 8. The fire gutted the garage and caused significant damage to the home.

Officials are asking residents of military housing to report any suspicious activity to the NCIS tip line at 360-257-3359 or text an anonymous tip to NCIS 274637. An anonymous complaint also can be filed at the website NCIS.navy.mil

 

Previous story:

People who live in military housing are on alert after someone started fires in trash and recycling bins next to houses in Crescent Harbor.

The commander of the base posted a message online asking people to remain vigilant and immediately stash trash and recycle bins inside until it’s time for pick up.

“This is a potentially life threatening situation, particularly if the fire spreads to nearby structures or homes as we have seen in two of the fires,” said Capt. Mike Nortier, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island base commander in the message.

The message did not provide additional information about how many fires were set or where.

The original message, posted on Facebook, included a photo from a fire that started in a garage last month at Crescent Harbor. That photo was later taken down.

No one was hurt in the Sept. 8 incident, but the fire gutted the garage and caused significant damage to the home.

Officials are asking residents of military housing to report any suspicious activity to the NCIS tip line at 360-257-3359 or text an anonymous tip to NCIS 274637. An anonymous complaint also can be filed at the website NCIS.navy.mil

 

More in News

Man uninjured in rollover on icy Madrona Way

A 23-year-old man was uninjured after his Chevy pickup rolled over on… Continue reading

Class teaches disaster readiness

‘There’s no reason not to be prepared’

State lawmaker aims to improve recycling process

Many people feel a sense of accomplishment when they opt to recycle… Continue reading

Van driver accused of ramming pickup truck

The driver of a van is accused of chasing a down a… Continue reading

New building permit fees expected to reduce costs

The Board of Island County Commissioners is set to vote on building… Continue reading

Contributed photo — Erin Kelly was so appreciative of Marc Swenson’s efforts that she baked him a “Thank You” cake.
Volunteer firefighter saves neighbor’s home

A quick response by a local firefighter may have helped save a… Continue reading

Gifts from the Heart turns sweet 16

Clients at Gifts at the Heart Food Bank will be in for… Continue reading

Man arrested for pawning stolen student robotics club’s telescope

A man faces a felony charge after getting caught pawning a telescope… Continue reading

Whidbey News Group file photo
                                Blake Fountain was arrested by Island County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Rob Davison after he burned down a Useless Bay Colony home and partially destroyed another in July 2017.
Man who burned down two homes pleads guilty to lesser charge

A man who started a fire that burned down two homes on… Continue reading

Most Read