Body of second dog found in debris of Port Townsend house fire

PORT TOWNSEND –– Firefighters have found the body of the second dog that died in a house fire in uptown Port Townsend on Thursday.

Investigators are still seeking the cause of the fire that gutted Nick Reeser’s home of 35 years at 916 Adams St.

The body of one of Resser’s dogs was found in the home Thursday and he had hoped his other dog had escaped.

Firefighters found the body of his other dog on Friday.

No people were hurt in the 12:48 p.m. blaze. Neither Reeser nor his son, Chet, who lived with him, were home at the time of the fire.

The Olympic Peninsula Chapter of the American Red Cross has offered help to the Reesers, offering to put them up for three nights for free.

Reeser said that because his son was house-sitting anyway, they had a place to stay through the weekend.

Investigators are focusing on the back of the century-old house, the area that had the most damage, said Bill Beezley, East Jefferson Fire-Rescue spokesman.

The back two rooms were the laundry room and the kitchen.

Reeser said Thursday he had no idea what would have caused the fire.

Firefighters extinguished the blaze in 2 ½ hours, their efforts to put out flames in the attic slowed by a false ceiling, Beezley said.

East Jefferson Fire-Rescue was assisted by units from Port Ludlow Fire & Rescue, Quilcene Fire & Rescue and Engine 91 from Naval Magazine Indian Island. An engine company from Clallam County District 3 staffed a station in East Jefferson Fire-Rescue’s district while the fire was fought.

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