BOISE — A fire that displaced four families in Boise Saturday also revealed large amounts of marijuana and resulted in drug charges against two roommates and a citation for a third.
John D. Geisler, 21, of Meridian and Elizabeth B. Rayner, 21, of Boise each received three charges for allegedly possessing three-quarters of a pound of marijuana and having psilocybin mushrooms, which are hallucinogenic. A third roommate, Ryan C. Peplow, 21, of Boise was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia, according to police.
Boise fire investigators said a fire in a hot lamp in a snake cage caused the flames at the four-plex in the 2200 block of South Amy Street in South Boise. Firefighters also discovered several containers of marijuana inside an apartment when they put out the fire, which started in a bedroom closet.
Crews were called to the scene at about 7:15 p.m. Saturday after the report of a fire in a closet in an upstairs unit of the four-plex. While they were on their way to the scene, firefighters saw a column of dark smoke coming from the area and immediately called for a second alarm.
When they arrived they found fire had spread into the attic of the four-plex.
Firefighters were able to put the fire out within about 15 minutes, but all four units suffered fire, heat, smoke or water damage. There were no injuries except to the snake.
The fire displaced three families from the apartment, according to the Red Cross of Greater Idaho. The Red Cross gave them money for food and for one to five nights in a local motel.
Geisler and Rayner were both in the Ada County Jail on Monday afternoon. They each face felony counts of intent to deliver a controlled substance and possession of marijuana, and a misdemeanor count of possession for the mushrooms.