State fire marshal has released Idaho City boardwalk buildings, but investigation continues

It’s been more than a month since an early morning fire ripped through five businesses on Main Street in Idaho City.

Idaho State Fire Marshal Knute Sandahl said Friday that his office has released the buildings, a blackened pile of rubble.

“They can take all that stuff away,” Sandahl said.

But Idaho City Mayor Jim Obland said he was told that the insurance consortium is still investigating.

“It’s my understanding they’re about done,” he said.

Sandahl said he couldn’t comment on the cause of the fire. The Boise County Prosecutor’s Office will release that information, he said. A call to the prosecutor’s office Friday was not returned.

Was the fire deemed suspicious?

“I can’t confirm or deny anything. It’s still under investigation,” Sandahl said. “We don’t want to put all our eggs in one basket. We’re working with Idaho State Police. We asked for their assistance.”

Initial reports were that the June 5 fire started in a restaurant called Calamity Jayne’s and spread from there. Sandahl said the investigation confirmed that was the origin of the fire on an area known as the boardwalk.

Randy Barrett co-owns the entire destroyed block with his wife, Toni. The Statesman was unable to reach the couple Friday.

Fundraisers have been organized to help business owners affected by the fire. The Idaho City Burnout Bash raised $15,000 last week.

We have an unofficial tally from the committee!!! There are still donation jars collecting monies and we are leaving...

Posted by Idaho City Burn Out Bash on Tuesday, July 14, 2015