Two Vacant Homes In Boise Destroyed In Early Morning Blaze


By Paul Johnson

Boise, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) - Boise Fire investigators are sifting through the rubble trying to determine what caused a fire that destroyed two vacant homes on the corner of West Myrtle and South 4th Streets early this morning.
"We knew there were people in that third house, so firefighters set their lines up between the second and third home to protect it," said Boise Fire Chief Dennis Doan on scene.
The fire was reported by several people, including a Boise Police officer at 4:30 a.m. Callers reported to fire dispatchers seeing flames coming from the roof of the corner house.
Firefighters responded quickly, but due to the very old wood construction, the fire was fast moving and had already spread extensively throughout the corner house and was spreading to an adjacent home, also vacant.
Due to the quickly spreading fire and nearby occupied homes in danger, fire commanders called for a third alarm.
Fortunately, firefighters were able to prevent the flames from spreading to a third house along 4th Street which was occupied. Those residents were able to get out safely.
No one was injured.
Lanes of West Myrtle were blocked throughout most of the morning commute to allow for fire operations. Motorists were re-routed through downtown. By 8:00 a.m., two lanes of Myrtle had re-opened as firefighters repositioned trucks to safely allow traffic to resume.
Ada County Highway District crews responded to the scene to help with drainage. Fire crews poured up to 3,000 gallons of water a minute on the fire which clogged drains and created large pools on the roadway. ACHD workers were able to unclog the drains and sweep up leaves and other debris that had washed onto the street, helping clear the road for motorists.
At this time, Boise Fire and Boise Police investigators are on scene. At this time, no cause has been determined.

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