A family home along Old Highway 30 in Canyon County is "a total loss" after a Tuesday night fire, Middleton Deputy Fire Chief Victor Islas said.
Someone driving down the highway near Sand Hollow Road "noticed a lot of smoke and flames shooting out one of the windows" and called 911, Islas said. About 15 firetrucks and water tenders responded from many area departments, he said. Middleton took the lead on the fire, with help from Caldwell, Nampa, Parma, Wilder, Sand Hollow, Star and Gem County fire crews, he said.
Firefighters initially tried to enter the house but quickly determined that was too dangerous and attacked it from the outside, Islas said. It took about an hour and a half to knock the fire down, he said.
The family was visiting friends when the fire broke out, so no one was home, Islas said. A pet lizard reportedly was inside the house, but firefighters did not find it, he said.
The cause of the fire has not yet been determined and is under investigation, Islas said.