A blaze destroyed a two-story waterfront home north of Boston Harbor late Thursday, and with it, a family’s collectible paintings, antiques, two Jaguar sports cars and a 1933 Buick.
The home’s alarm system triggered a 911 call just after 11 p.m. However, crews arriving at the scene couldn’t get close to the home because of live power lines that had burned and fallen across the road, said South Bay Fire Chief Brian VanCamp.
Firefighters had to wait for Puget Sound Energy crews to cut power to the area before they could get close enough to fight the fire, he said.
“It was fully involved when we got there,” VanCamp said.
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The nearly 1,400-square-foot home on Dover Point Way Northeast overlooked Zangle Cove, and was owned by Richard Kelley. The property includes his former law office and a hot tub building, neither of which were damaged in the fire.
“I’m numb — I’m just numb,” Kelley said on Friday morning as he surveyed the charred remains of the house. “I was in Chelan ... so I had three and a half hours to get ready for it. But you really can’t get ready for it.”
The fire caused Kelley’s “immaculate” 1933 Buick to fall through the ceiling into the living room below.
The home boasted views of the Olympic Mountains and five inlets of Puget Sound. It’s where Kelley and his late wife, Judy, lived for about 35 years. It’s where they raised their daughters, Kalyn Brady of Seattle and Shannon Kelley-Jones of Salt Lake City.
“I think we’re all just kind of trying to process it,” Brady said. “We’re just so grateful that everyone is safe and trying to keep perspective on that. But it really does feel like we’ve lost a lifetime of memories.”
The cause of the fire is under investigation, although the home was so heavily damaged that may never be determined, VanCamp said.