Investigation continues at Idaho City fire scene

As the state fire marshal's office works to wrap up its investigation into a fire that razed five businesses on Idaho City's Main Street, the Idaho Foodbank plans a mobile pantry in the mountain town on Wednesday.

And concerned Idahoans have another place to direct donations, Idaho City Fire Chief Terry Teeter said Tuesday. Checks can be sent to the Idaho City Burnout Fund, PO Box 26, Idaho City 83631, Teeter said. Donations will be distributed among the hard-hit businesses, he said.

Meanwhile, community members and others are pitching in to help after the Friday morning fire, and a major fund-raiser is planned for later this summer. Details have yet to be announced. As of 7 p.m. Tuesday, a GoFundMe page for Calamity Jayne’s cafe owner Jim Barrett had raised $4,700 in four days at Help Jim.

The Idaho Foodbank mobile pantry will be set up at the Boise Basin Senior Center, 102 Bear Run, Idaho City Wednesday and begin distributing food at 1:30 p.m.

State fire investigators haven't released the fire scene yet and are bringing in an expert this week to look at possible electrical causes, Teeter said. Once that is done, he said, the scene will likely be released to the owner and insurance company, although a formal determination of the fire's cause might still be weeks away.

Idaho City Hall will likely wait to move forward on its own efforts to assist Main Street’s recovery until the fire marshal finishes the investigation, according to officials.