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Rupert Home Damaged By Fire

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By Paul Johnson

Rupert, Idaho (KMVT-TV) There were some tense moments in Rupert yesterday afternoon when the back portion of a residence went up in flames. Rupert Fire Chief Rodger Davis said the call from neighbors that a home at 1423 A Street was on fire, came in at 2:30pm Thursday. Davis said that they were able to confine the fire to the exterior of the home but the flames did get in the attic area. Because of that, they had to cut a hole inside the home to gain access. The dwelling is owned by Tom Timmons, according to the chief who said there was no one at the house at the time of the fire. As for what caused the fire, Chief Davis said he is going to list it as “undetermined” based on a couple of possibilities. He said that right before the fire, neighbors heard the sound of fireworks in the area. Then he said it could be electrical in nature due to a cable that was near the back porch area. Two firefighters were sent to the hospital and treated for heat exhaustion. They were later released. Davis estimates the value of the loss to be around $20,000.


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