A West Boise family was not able to stay in their house Wednesday night after it sustained heavy smoke damage from a fire that apparently started in the kitchen, Boise officials said.
Firefighters were called at 3:13 p.m. by neighbors who saw smoke coming from the back of the house. The home is in the 2500 block of South Georgetown Avenue east of Five Mile Road and between Victory and Overland roads.
Upon arrival, crews said the kitchen was fully involved, and flames were reaching into a second-story bedroom. Firefighters attacked the flames quickly, and the fire was controlled by 3:42 p.m.
In addition to extensive smoke damage, the kitchen and floor joists above it sustained heavy fire damage.
No one was found inside the home, and the family dog was safe. However, the family's cat had not been located.
A representative from the Boise Fire Union Burnout Fund was helping the family with immediate needs.