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Portable heater likely started Boise car fire that killed 5-year-old, police say

4-year-old girl dies in Boise car fire

One person died and two others were taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries Tuesday, April 10, after a car fire at the Walmart on West Overland Road in Boise.
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One person died and two others were taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries Tuesday, April 10, after a car fire at the Walmart on West Overland Road in Boise.

A 5-year-old girl died at the scene of a car fire early Tuesday morning that left two others hospitalized, according to a release from the Ada County Coroner’s Office.

The child has not yet been identified, though the coroner’s office said it has “presumptive identification” and is awaiting DNA analysis. The cause and manner of the girl’s death were still pending late Tuesday morning.

An adult woman and a toddler both suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the fire and were hospitalized. Police said Tuesday afternoon that they were asleep in the car.

“A preliminary investigation shows that there was a portable heating device in the vehicle that is believed to have started the fire. When first responders arrived, the vehicle was fully engulfed and members of the Boise Fire Department put out the fire,” Boise police said in a release.

The fire was reported at 3:37 a.m. in a parking lot on the 8300 block of West Overland Road in Boise, according to a release from Boise police. The cause of the fire is under investigation by Boise police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The coroner’s office is processing the burned vehicle.

“This is a tragic situation and one that pains all of us to respond to and even hear about,” said Captain Ron Winegar in a BPD release. “Our hearts go out to the family who lost a child today.”

This is a breaking news story. Check back for more information as we confirm it.

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