About 20 people displaced by Nampa apartment fire Monday morning

June 24, 2013 

A Monday morning fire caused extensive damage to two units in triplex in Nampa.


No one was injured in the 8:30 a.m. fire in a triplex at 1602 4th St. No. in Nampa, according to Nampa Fire Chief Karl Malott. Residents that were home at the time of the fire were able to evacuate before firefighters arrived.

Responding fire crews found the attic and upstairs of two units on fire. They called a second alarm and were quickly able to bring it under control.

The resident of one of the units told firefighters that she had two cats and fish. They went in and rescued the pets, putting oxygen masks on the cats, Captain Keith Elkins said.

The fire caused extensive damage to the attic and roof area, as well as the upstairs area of two of the apartments. The estimated cost of the structural damage was $70,000 to $80,000, Malott said.

The contents of the apartments was damaged by smoke, fire and water, but much of it will be salvageable, Malott said.

Fifteen residents, including nine in one unit and six in another, will be displaced until repairs can be made to the units, Elkins said. Four or five others living in an undamaged unit were also temporarily displaced because the power was shut off and new electrical wiring will be needed.

Those who were displaced will receive assistance from the Nampa Burnout Fund and the American Red Cross. The fire started in an upstairs room of one of the units, and the cause is under investigation.

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