Boise & Garden City

Early-morning house fire in West Boise investigated as suspicious

A fire that burned down a boarded-up, vacant house in West Boise early Tuesday is being investigated as a suspicious fire, according to Boise Fire Battalion Chief Aaron Hummel.

The fire, which was reported just after 4 a.m., was in the 12600 block of Fairview Avenue. Firefighters from Boise and Meridian worked to put out the fire.

Hummel said firefighters really had two blazes — the house fire and the grass fire that resulted. He said they stopped the house fire just as it reached a fence next to a mobile home park.

Firefighters fought the fire from the exterior only. The house is a total loss. The fire burned about 1 to 2 acres of grass west of the house.

Hummel said he immediately called for a fire investigator because there had been a couple of other fires in that area in the past couple months, including the arson fire of a mobile home. Firefighters saw evidence that people had been hanging out in the area of the vacant house that burned down.

There was stormy weather around the time the fire started, so they’ll also investigate the possibility that it was caused by lightning, Hummel said.

“We’re treating it as a suspicous fire, but there’s a good possibility of lightning or something else,” he said.