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Idaho National Guard to hold memorial for victims of cabin fire

Fire officials work at the scene of a Tamarack Resort home where 4 people died

The charred remains of a home at Idaho's Tamarack Resort rest on a hill above Lake Cascade on July 2, 2017. Investigations will determine the cause of the fire.
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The charred remains of a home at Idaho's Tamarack Resort rest on a hill above Lake Cascade on July 2, 2017. Investigations will determine the cause of the fire.

The Idaho National Guard will hold a ceremony on Sunday for the victims of a Valley County cabin fire, all of whom were members of the Guard.

Four people died in the Donnelly house fire, believed to have been ignited by a propane fireplace.

The victims were Lt. Col. James “Jim” Harper III, 49, and his son, James “JJ” Harper IV, 14; and 1st Sgt. Erin Smith, 34, and her daughter, Autumn Smith, 7.

William “Mitch” Smith, 46, survived the fire.

“On behalf of the Idaho National Guard, it is with great sadness that I extend our deepest sympathies to the families and loved ones of those suffering from this recent and tragic loss,” wrote Maj. Gen. Gary L. Sayler in a news release on Wednesday. “As we work to fill the emptiness left by these four precious members of our community, our thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones.”

The memorial will be held at 9 a.m. Sunday at the Gowen Field Memorial Park in Boise. Family, friends and all members of the Guard’s Idaho Military Division — past and present — are invited to attend.

“The Idaho National Guard family is here for all those touched by this loss. Our hearts are with them,” Sayler wrote.

A late-night fire at a house on Whitewater Drive in Donnelly sent one man to the hospital with unknown injuries on the night of June 30, 2017, according to the Valley County Sheriff's Office.

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