UPDATED: One dead in structure fire near Murtaugh; Cause identified

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The man killed in the deadly house fire Thursday near Murtaugh has been identified.

Twin Falls County Coroner Gene Turley has identified the man as Juan Carlos Arias-Saragos.

Arias-Saragos was 20 years old, and his body has been transported to Boise to determine the cause of death.

Fire officials say the cause of the blaze was unattended cooking on an electric stove, after a pot was left.

Rock Creek Fire Department Firefighter Taylor Hunsaker stated that crews responded to the scene near 8 a.m., and multiple agencies responded.

"We had help from Twin Falls they brought an engine, a water tender and their battalion chief. We also had help from Burley They brought a water tender and a mobile air trailer for us and then we have three, excuse me, four of our engines and two water tenders here and two command trucks," Hunsaker explained.

Hunsaker also stated that when they arrived at the scene, it was already fully engulfed.

"We were dispatched for a residential structure fire, when we arrived the house was fully involved and we started attacking from the outside," Hunsaker stated.

Arias-Saragos was found dead at the scene, and another man was injured when he escaped through a window.

Hunsaker also said that there were two things that made this fire worse.

"Manufactured homes are, they're a lot more dangerous cause there's a lot more glue and a lot more different stuff involved in building those, so they go up a lot faster," Hunsaker explained.

The second was about windows.

"Another thing I want to point out too is is you do have a house on fire, please don't break windows out. It helps feed that fire, and spread that fire through the house so much quicker. That was one of the updates we got was windows that had been broke out," Hunsaker said.


One person is confirmed dead by officials in a structure fire south of Murtaugh this morning. The structure is located at 4250 E 3000 N.

Crews were called on scene just before 8 a.m. and SIRCOMM said the structure was completely engulfed in flames and people were inside.

KMVT will update this story as more information becomes available.

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