The Fire

She’ll be sorely missed, but not forgotten

In the evening of April 13th, 2022, the first call went out to the Fire Department about a fire at the Schoolhouse. Flames were very high by the time the first fire truck arrived and units began trucking water in from nearby Crosby and Seabeck. There was no chance to save the Schoolhouse so the fire was fought as a defensive fire to avoid spread.

The Fire Marshall is still conducting his investigation but arson has been initially ruled out.

Photos & Media

KING5 coverage of the fire.

Condolences & Tributes

As news of the fire spread through the community and afar, many shared their condolences, thoughts and tributes.

  • Post-Fire Roses

    Post-Fire Roses

    I stopped by the Schoolhouse shortly after the fire and found roses placed upon its steps. I snapped some photos of the fire damage too.

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  • Aaberg-Johnson Wedding & Memories

    Aaberg-Johnson Wedding & Memories

    I’m Arlen and Linda Johnson’s daughter, long-time members of the community who moved a few years ago. The news of the fire was devastating to us all. Holly, the community members, and the schoolhouse are special to all of us, but especially to Mom and Arlen. We had many weddings and family events at the…

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  • A Memory from Brandon Elsey

    A Memory from Brandon Elsey

    Saddened that this beautiful building is now gone. This is somewhere I enjoyed seeing and visiting every time I went to Holly. My grandparents had the key to the building and would take us there. A big rope came down from the ceiling going up to a bell house and they would let my brother…

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A myriad of experiences were shared at this beautiful space. We’ve collected and shared as many as we can on our website, and below is a small sample. Make sure to check out more of them on the our dedicated memories page.

View all our memories

Looking Forward

The schoolhouse will be rebuilt! Find announcements, and progress updates, all right here.

  • Schoolhouse Bell Found!

    Schoolhouse Bell Found!

    Like Phoenix rising from the ashes we have a bit of good news.  In October 2022 Nick Wise combed through the burned out debris of the  Schoolhouse site to look for the bell and he found it! It is steel and very heavy, weighing about 200 pounds and is missing the clapper.     When…

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  • Electrical Arcing Caused Fire

    Electrical Arcing Caused Fire

    The Fire Marshal’s investigation has determined the cause of the fire that broke out on April 13th, 2022 which tragically engulfed the Holly Schoolhouse. Electrical arcing on the north exterior side of the building near the meter box was found to be the cause. Assistant Fire Marshal Tina Turner wrote to the Kitsap Sun explaining…

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  • Insurance Update 5/13/22

    Insurance Update 5/13/22

    Vice President Vickie Napora is our point person for our insurance claim. She has worked 43 years as an insurance underwriter, product development specialist and underwriting manager and is well qualified to be our point person! We are very grateful for her expertise. The Fire Marshall is still investigating the cause of the fire, and…

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