Cause of fatal Fox Island house fire still unknown

Staff writerDecember 7, 2013 

Fire investigators continued to sift through the remains of the Babson home on Fox Island on Saturday searching for clues to determine what caused the Wednesday night fire that killed Dr. Thomas Babson and his 8-year-old daughter Alice.

Fire officials determined Friday that the fire started near the kitchen and dining room area at the southwest corner of the 6,800-square-foot home because that’s where there was the most damage.

No new information was available Saturday about the cause, said Gig Harbor Fire Department Division Chief Eric Waters. Crews weren’t expected to work Sunday, he said.

A search dog located Babson’s body Friday afternoon in the home on the 400 block of Sixth Avenue Northwest. His daughter was found Thursday near the stairwell.

Babson’s wife, June, and 12-year-old daughter Katie made it out safely. A neighbor rescued a soot-covered Tobey near the front door, but Babson and Alice did not escape.

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