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Idaho City boardwalk fire intentionally set, police say

More than two months after an Idaho City landmark and five businesses burned, police have wrapped up the investigation into the blaze, according to Idaho State Police spokeswoman Teresa Baker.

The boardwalk on Main Street burned down during the early morning hours of June 5. The fire started at about 2:45 a.m.

“We finished our last interview yesterday and will be sending the information to the prosecutor’s office for review,” Baker said.

Investigators believe the fire was started by arson, she said.

Idaho State Fire Marshal Knute Sandahl told the Statesman in mid-July that he had finished examining the buildings and they could be removed. Mayor Jim Obland said, however, that the insurance companies had not finished their investigation.

Sandahl said the investigation into the fire confirmed initial reports that it started in the restaurant Calamity Jayne’s. The other businesses destroyed by the fire were Sarsaparilla Ice Cream Parlor, Main Street Floral and Candle Shop, Old Time Photo and Idaho City Trading Post.

The Boise County Assessor’s Office valued the boardwalk-and-stores complex at about $311,000.

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