Little remains of Boise home ravaged by fire

sdeter@idahostatesman.comAugust 1, 2013 

A home being remodeled in Boise was destroyed by a three-alarm fire Thursday night.

Fire crews initially called for a second alarm when they saw smoke as far as a half-mile away from the home, located at the northeast corner Hill Road and Castle Drive. A third alarm was called shortly thereafter.

Flames quickly engulfed the house, fire officials said, and the blazed caused active power lines to go down.

Crews immediately went into defensive mode because flames were already extensive when they arrived, Boise police spokeswoman Lynn Hightower said.

Two homes across Hill on Holly Hill Drive had embers land on their wood shake roofs and catch fire, Hightower said. But the fires were small, and they were extinguished by third-alarm resources.

Another home to the east on Hill sustained minor damage.

The home that was destroyed was completely gutted inside from the remodel, so there was there was nothing to stop the flames' advance, Hightower said. The house completely collapsed.

No injuries were reported. Neighbors told officials that no one was living in the home.

The cause of the fire was being investigated.

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