Fire destroys vehicle, Meridian garage

November 26, 2013 

A firefighter walks past the charred remains of a vehicle destroyed by fire Tuesday afternoon at a Meridian residence.

KATHERINE JONES — kjones@idahostatesman.com

— A sparking vehicle caught on fire Tuesday afternoon at a Meridian home, destroying both the vehicle and the garage.

The vehicle's owner pulled into her garage and noticed sparks coming from under the dash about 2:30 p.m. She had already shut the engine off and it wouldn't restart so she could back it out of the garage in the 2000 block of Glennfield Place.

She went inside to grab a fire extinguisher and called 911. By the time she got back outside, the vehicle's floorboard was on fire. Flames spread to the rest of the vehicle and the garage, said Battalion Chief Todd Banta of the Nampa Fire Department.

Meridian firefighters were attending the funeral for Capt. Brandon Erickson of the Eagle Fire Department, who died last week after undergoing back surgery. He previously worked for the Meridian Fire Department.

Nampa firefighters, who had manned a Meridian station all day, responded to the fire, along with crews from the Boise and Kuna fire departments. In all, about 16 firefighters were at the scene, Banta said.

"The vehicle and the garage were a total loss, but we kept it from spreading into the house," Banta said. "It could have been a lot worse."

The homeowners were distraught and declined to comment.

The house is owned by Leticia and DeWayne Hale Jr., according to records from the Ada County Assessor's Office.

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