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[Update] Flames escape fire pit, destroy vacant house on Hidden Valley

Fire destroys Meridian home

Flames from a fire pit started a grass fire on South Hidden Valley Drive in Meridian Wednesday evening, destroying a nearby, vacant home.
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Flames from a fire pit started a grass fire on South Hidden Valley Drive in Meridian Wednesday evening, destroying a nearby, vacant home.

Flames from a fire pit started a grass fire on South Hidden Valley Drive Wednesday evening, destroying a nearby, vacant home, the Boise Fire Department reports.

Four adults, who were not related to the deceased homeowners, had been camping at the house. It’s unclear how long they had been there, said BFD spokesperson Tammy Barry.

None of those people had been injured in the fire, she said.

The fire was reported about 5:45 p.m., and by 7 p.m. firefighters were reporting the grass fire was contained and they were working on the house. Around 8 p.m. firefighters were in mop-up mode, Barry said.

It was unclear Wednesday night whether the fire pit was on the same property as the vacant structure, Barry said. Less than two acres of grass burned, and no other structures caught fire.

The Boise Fire Department ruled its cause accidental.

Three fire engines, a truck and a water tender responded to the fire in the 7500 block of South Hidden Valley, near Cloverdale and Columbia roads. Residents and other traffic were kept out of the area while crews combated the blaze.

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