Meridian Firefighters Find Body In Late Night Fire


By Paul Johnson

UPDATE: 12:00 - The following Statement has been released by the Ada County Sheriff's Office.

Ada County Sheriff's deputies found the body of an adult man in the garage area of a burning home in the 5800 block of N. Black Cat Road late Thursday.

Detectives are now working to figure out what happened to the man — and if the fire was lit on purpose.

Deputies have an idea who the man is, but he has not yet been publicly identified by Ada County Coroner's officials, who also have yet to determine a cause or manner of death.

A report of the fire was called into Ada County dispatchers just after 11:30 p.m. Thursday.

Meridian Fire crews arrived to find an active fire. The home is in a rural area and is at the end of a long driveway. There are no fire hydrants nearby so crews had to use water tender trucks to get water on the blaze.

The home is a total loss. Detectives weren't able to do any searching of what's left of the home until after the sun came up Friday — a search complicated by the bitter cold weather combined with the hot spots left in debris.

At this time, deputies do not suspect anyone else is inside, but they continue to search. Detectives are treating the area like a crime scene based on the circumstances.

The search of what is left of the home is expected to take several hours.

MERIDIAN, Idaho (KBOI) -- Investigators say a body was found in the garage after a home burst into flames in Meridian late Thursday evening.
Deputies said a passerby or neighbor called 911 when they noticed the fire. It was fully engulfed when crews arrived to the house around 11:30 p.m. Firefighters worked for hours fighting flames and overcoming challenges at the house fire near the corner of Black Cat Road and Chinden Boulevard Thursday night.
The Ada County Sheriff's office is investigating it as an arson. The Ada County Sheriff's Office has not identified the man found dead.
The house's driveway is several hundred feet long, and Ada County Sheriff deputies say fire crews had problems getting water to the house.
"From what I understood from the firemen is that there was not a fire hydrant," said Sergeant Matt Clifford. "They had to bring water in, ya know a water tinder truck and use that and pipe the water all the way down the drive to fight the fire. They said they had over 1,400 feet if hose, so that's a lot of hose."
Smoke from the two-alarm fire could be seen from about two miles away on Chinden. Firefighters from Eagle, Star, and Meridian were here in the bitter cold for several hours knocking down flames. Ada County Deputies said the house is a total loss.
Sargent Clifford also said cold temperatures created difficulties. Frozen water on the ground made this road a safety hazard and ACHD had to be called in to melt the ice. An extra van was also called in to help keep investigators warm.

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