UPDATE: No cause yet on Monday house fire that displaced family

newsroom@idahostatesman.comJune 23, 2014 

Boise firefighters spent Monday night battling a two-alarm house fire on Sunrise Rim Road, just east of Vista Avenue.

The fire in the 2000 block of Sunrise Rim Road was reported at 7 p.m. by a passerby who saw heavy smoke coming from the home, according to a Boise Fire Department press release. No one was in the house at the time of the fire, according to a neighbor.

Six engines, two ladder trucks and two battalion chiefs all responded to the fire, the press release states.

Linda Smith, who lives next door to the house that was ablaze, said she heard a loud pop or bang. When she went to investigate, fire trucks were already on scene.

"It was very scary," Smith said Tuesday morning, as she hugged her Maltese, Georgie. "I'm still shaking."

Flames were coming from two sides of the home and its roof when firefighters arrived, according to the press release. A wood pile and debris behind the home, along the bank of the New York Canal, and a side fence also caught fire. Winds threatened to push the fire across to Smith's brick home, but firefighters protected it.

The home was seriously damaged, but no one was injured.

The fire damage was most evident on the south side of the house, where the garage is located. The back deck and yard were also blackened.

"The house is gutted," Smith said. The windows have been boarded.

A fire investigator was called to the scene. Tuesday morning, the fire department said the fire's cause has not yet been determined.

The Boise Fire Union Burn Out Fund and the Red Cross both helped the family who lived in the house with their immediate needs.

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