A passerby reported a structure fire in the 4000 block of North Marcia Place at 4:28 p.m. Sunday. The cul-de-sac is off of West Edna Street, near McMillan and Maple Grove roads in West Boise.
None of the residents of the duplex were home at the time of the fire, according to a Boise Fire official. The person who reported the fire saw smoke coming from the eaves.
Firefighters responding to the fire also observed smoke, and immediately called a second alarm. Fire crews entered both sides of the complex and were able to knock the flames out quickly, but smoke and heat did considerable damage to both residences.
The Boise Fire Local 149 Burnout Fund and the American Red Cross will help residents of the duplex locate a place to stay and obtain basic necessities. Fire damage has made the building unlivable, fire officials said.
Investigators determined that the fire started in the west unit of the duplex. The cause has not yet been determined.