Boise Police: Illegal fireworks sparked two fires Downtown

sdeter@idahostatesman.comApril 16, 2013 

Reader Jeff Hall submitted this photo of the fires started in Downtown Boise Tuesday night. Police say illegal fireworks sparked the flames.

COURTESY OF JEFF HALL

Boise police are looking four males who are believed to have caused two small fires in Downtown Boise Tuesday night. The suspects, all wearing dark clothing, were seen playing with fireworks near 6th and Main streets before the fires and then observed running away from the area.

Firefighters were called to the scene at about 11:24 p.m., and upon arrival saw smoke coming from the rooftop of The Reef called a second alarm. Patrons at the Reef and a nightclub next door were evacuated as a precaution.

The tiki bar at the restaurant features dining tables decorated in a tropical theme. Firefighters found one of the umbrellas in the rooftop tiki bar ablaze. The scene was a mess of "thatch and grass," a firefighter said.

The fire was under control by 11:40 p.m., and firefighters prevented it from spreading to other structures. They also extinguished a fire in some juniper bushes across the street.

Witnesses told police they heard loud bangs before the fires, and investigators found evidence that illegal fireworks had been set off. The suspects were last seen running west toward Capitol and Front streets.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS, log onto www.343cops.com, or text CRIMES or 274637, subject: Tip236. You can remain anonymous. A reward of up to $1,000 is offered by Crime Stoppers for information leading to the arrest of criminal suspects.

Sean Deter: 377-6450; Twitter: IDS_Deter

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