Late-night fire damages two homes in Caldwell; residents displaced

kmoeller@idahostatesman.comMay 7, 2014 

Eight people in two Caldwell homes were displaced by a late-night fire Tuesday, according to a fire official. No one was injured in the fire.

A neighbor reported the fire at 11:13 p.m. in the 117000 block of Virginia Parkway.

Because a nearby house was also threatened, a second alarm was called while Caldwell fire crews were en route. Crews from Middleton, Star, Nampa and Parma responded to the fire.

When firefighters arrived, they saw flames and smoke coming from the roof of a two-story house. The heat was also damaging a two-story house about 20 to 25 feet away, said Caldwell Battalion Chief Brad Carico. Winds were strong at the time, pushing heat toward the second house.

Both houses were evacuated before firefighters arrived. Crews attacked the fire inside and outside of the first house, and they also worked to protect the second house. A large section of the second-floor ceiling fell. Carico said the fire didn't make it into the second-floor living space but heat and water did damage some of the contents.

Firefighters covered property on the first floor with tarps, but water did leak through from the second floor down to the first floor.

Three adults who lived in the house where the fire occurred were indefinitely displaced. Three adults and two children in the second home were displaced only for the night, Carico said. All received assistance from the fire department's burnout fund.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Carico said it appears to have started on the outside of the house and traveled up a wall to the attic. He said it's not considered a suspicious fire. There is some mechanical equipment that investigators will be looking at today.

Katy Moeller: 377-6413

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