A house and several acres of surrounding brush burned Friday off Idaho 45 northwest of Melba.
The fire was reported about 2:40 p.m. at 2740 Idaho 45, and when Melba firefighters arrived both the house and the acreage were ablaze, Melba Fire District PIO Lt. Joseph Webb said. It is unclear whether the fire started in the home or in the brush, he said.
The fire district has asked state investigators to help determine the fire’s cause, Webb said.
Several people were inside the house when the fire broke out but were outside by the time firefighters arrived, Webb said. None were injured, he said.
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By 3:45 p.m. the brush fire, which had spread to adjacent parcels but not to any other structures, was contained and firefighters had taken the upper hand with the house fire, he said. Firefighters stayed at the scene until nearly 8 p.m.
Damage to the house was primarily limited to the back of the structure, Webb said, but the home is likely a total loss.
Melba fire crews were assisted by the Kuna, Nampa and Deer Flat fire departments, Webb said. A total of three brush trucks, four fire engines and one tanker responded, he said.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.