Boise & Garden City

UPDATE: Boise apartment fire was due to dryer; family of 5 safe

A Boise family of five received an unexpected surprise Tuesday morning when they woke up to a fire in their bathroom.

Most of the Arredondo family — Maria, 38, Ivetteh, 16, Aileen, 13, and Evelyn, 12 — was asleep when fire alarms alerted them to heavy smoke filling the apartment. Gustavo, 37, had started a dryer and shut the bathroom door, not suspecting the dryer could catch fire.

“When we were checking everything I told him to check the bathroom because there was smoke coming in, and it was the bathroom,” said Ivetteh Arredondo, who spoke on behalf of the family.

Ivetteh called in the fire and the family evacuated the second-story apartment along with 20 residents of the neighboring apartments.

Dispatchers confirmed at about 9:20 a.m. that fire crews were headed to a two-alarm structure fire at 166 N. Allumbaugh St. in the Alderbury Cove Apartments. The fire in the two-story apartment complex was out by 9:40 a.m.

Crews entered through windows of the apartment and worked their way into the attic where the fire had reached, said Boise Fire Capt. Terry Theriot.

The apartment sustained moderate damage overall, including heavy smoke damage and minimal water damage from the efforts to extinguish the flames. Neighboring apartments were not damaged by the fire.

“Smoke kind of affects everything,” Theriot said. “Smoke can be a lot more damaging than the actual fire a lot of the time.”

Investigators are working to determine the cause behind the dryer catching fire.

No residents or pets were injured.

The Arredondo family plans to stay with friends for the time being until their apartment is once again inhabitable. The Boise Fire Department is also assisting the family through its Burnout Fund.