WENDELL, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — A family of five escaped injury when their Wendell home was severely damaged by fire late Tuesday night.
A Red Cross worker at the scene said a 10-year-old boy alerted his mom who was sleeping in the basement that there was a strange noise coming from his closet. As it turns out, it was a chimney fire that was quickly spreading to the rest of the upstairs area. The quick action may have saved the lives of the four children and a mom who were sleeping.
The house is located along North Road about 2 miles outside of Wendell. The fire damaged the upstairs of the home. A person at the scene said it appeared the roof could collapse at any time. The fire was reported around 10:30 p.m. The crews were hampered by the cold temperatures. Water was freezing as it hit the ground causing very slick conditions for the workers.
A GoFundMe page for the mom and her children have been established.