Investigators say fireworks were the cause of a fire that damaged a home and a shed in Boise Tuesday morning, though it is still unclear who was lighting the explosives.
Neighbors say they heard the fireworks the night of the 1 a.m. fire near Protest Road and Federal Way. The flames spread along a hill near a canal at 18 Mesa Vista Drive and burned the backyard and the exterior area of the home, melting the side paneling of a shed at 16 Mesa Drive.
No serious injuries were reported and a total of three homes were evacuated, said Roy Boehm, inspector for the Boise Fire Department.
The couple who lives in the damaged home woke to flames in the backyard outside their bedroom window, Boehm said. After evacuating the home with their two children, they ran next door to their neighbor’s house and alerted the family to the fire.
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The fire’s flames were spurred on by dry plants that encircled the backyard of the home, Boehm said.
Residents of the damaged home recently invested $80,000 toward remodeling the kitchen, which was damaged in the fire. The residents told investigators that they plan to stay in the home and fix the damage to the exterior side and the backyard, Boehm said.
The extent of the damage makes the home unlivable, Boehm said. The residents in the home will be helped by the fire department’s Burnout Fund.