NAMPA — A fire that seriously damaged a Nampa home early Thursday morning was intentionally set, Nampa Fire Deputy Chief Doug Strosnider said.
The blaze started outside between two houses at 172 North Benewah Drive and 178 North Benewah Drive. One of the homes was vacant, and the other was occupied.
The fire quickly spread into a grove of arborvitae trees next to one of the homes, then ignited the occupied house.
The exterior of the home was badly burned, causing about $7,000 worth of damage.
The fire, which started before 3:45 a.m., is being investigated as an arson by police and fire officials, Strosnider said.
The deputy chief also reminded homeowners to consider clearing trees and bushes from around their homes. Replacing flammable vegetation with firesafe landscaping can prevent a blaze from reaching the structure, he said.
Anyone with information about the fire is urged to call the Nampa Police Department at 465-2257.
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