Bremerton house fire claims lives of two teen-agers

Herald staff

BREMERTON — Two teen-age sisters died early Sunday after a fire broke out at their home.

Investigators believe the fire was accidental.

The Kitsap County coroner’s office identified the girls as Crystal Dickinson, 16, and Amanda Dickinson, 15. The cause of death was asphyxia, the coroner’s office said.

A 13-year-old sister and a man who was a friend of the family were treated for smoke inhalation at Harrison Memorial Hospital and released.

The parents were not home at the time of the fire, investigators said. The cause of the fire was under investigation.

Firefighters said the house did not have any working smoke detectors.

  • Judge admonished for courtroom conduct: A Municipal Court judge in Tukwila has been was admonished by the state Commission on Judicial Conduct for his "rude and demeaning" treatment of defendants. Judge Peter Lukevich, who received the formal, written admonishment on Friday, has been a judge for three years, presiding over traffic and misdemeanor criminal cases. He was accused of humiliating and intimidating defendants by repeatedly interrupting them and using an angry tone of voice. Lukevich said he was only trying to ensure compliance with court rules and convey the seriousness of the proceedings. But in hindsight, he said, he sees that his comments could be perceived as harsh and inappropriate.

  • No talks planned in strike: There were no plans for new talks in the city’s newspaper strike Sunday, as the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Guild walkout at the Seattle Times and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer went into its 13th day. Federal mediator Jeff Clark he wasn’t holding out hope that the Guild and the papers will be able to find common ground or even come back to the bargaining table anytime soon. Meanwhile, the two strikebound dailies are getting closer to normal size. Times officials will probably decide this week when to resume charging for the papers, Times President H. Mason Sizemore said Sunday. The papers have been free since the strike began Nov. 21.

  • Carriers offer individual policies again: Insurance companies are again offering individual health-insurance policies to people who aren’t covered by group plans in Washington state, about a year after sales were halted on grounds that the policies were too expensive for carriers. Premera Blue Cross and Group Health Cooperative began offering individual health coverage Friday, and Regence BlueShield will begin taking applications Monday.

  • Interest might be tapped for financial aid program: Oregon’s largest financial aid program for college students is suffering from a $1.1 million shortfall. The total individual reductions would range from $86 for community college students to almost $150 for students at private universities. The $1.1 million deficit in the financial aid program was caused by about 1,000 more students than expected claiming their need grants this year.

    Talk to us

  • More in Local News

    FILE - A sign hangs at a Taco Bell on May 23, 2014, in Mount Lebanon, Pa. Declaring a mission to liberate "Taco Tuesday" for all, Taco Bell asked U.S. regulators Tuesday, May 16, 2023, to force Wyoming-based Taco John's to abandon its longstanding claim to the trademark. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
    Hepatitis A confirmed in Taco Bell worker in Everett, Lake Stevens

    The health department sent out a public alert for diners at two Taco Bells on May 22 or 23.

    VOLLI’s Director of Food & Beverage Kevin Aiello outside of the business on Friday, May 19, 2023 in Marysville, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
    Coming soon to Marysville: indoor pickleball, games, drinks

    “We’re very confident this will be not just a hit, but a smash hit,” says co-owner Allan Jones, who is in the fun industry.

    Detectives: Unresponsive baby was exposed to fentanyl at Everett hotel

    An 11-month-old boy lost consciousness Tuesday afternoon. Later, the infant and a twin sibling both tested positive for fentanyl.

    Cassie Franklin (left) and Nick Harper (right)
    Report: No wrongdoing in Everett mayor’s romance with deputy mayor

    An attorney hired by the city found no misuse of public funds. Texts between the two last year, however, were not saved on their personal phones.

    Firearm discovered by TSA officers at Paine Field Thursday morning, May 11, 2023, during routine X-ray screening at the security checkpoint. (Transportation Security Administration)
    3 guns caught by TSA at Paine Field this month — all loaded

    Simple travel advice: Unpack before you pack to make sure there’s not a gun in your carry-on.

    Heavy traffic northbound on 1-5 in Everett, Washington on August 31, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
    To beat the rush this Memorial Day weekend, go early or late

    AAA projects busy airports, ferries and roads over the holiday weekend this year, though still below pre-pandemic counts.

    Logo for news use featuring the municipality of Snohomish in Snohomish County, Washington. 220118
    Troopers: DUI crash leaves 1 in critical condition in Maltby

    A drunken driver, 34, was arrested after her pickup rear-ended another truck late Tuesday, injuring a Snohomish man, 28.

    Housing Hope CEO Donna Moulton raises her hand in celebration of the groundbreaking of the Housing Hope Madrona Highlands on Tuesday, May 23, 2023 in Edmonds, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
    $30M affordable housing project to start construction soon in Edmonds

    Once built, dozens of families who are either homeless or in poverty will move in and receive social and work services.

    Smoke comes out of the roof of ReMyx'd, a restaurant on Smokey Point Drive, on Sunday, May 28, 2023, in Arlington, WA. (IAFF Local 3438)
    Fire damages Arlington bar that received death threats

    Arlington Police say initial indications are that fire at ReMyx’d does not appear to be intentionally set.

    Most Read