Canyon County

Four dogs rescued from Nampa house fire; lightning investigated as a possible cause

A Nampa family of three was temporarily displaced after a house fire Monday night, but none were injured according to Nampa Fire Battalion Chief Terry Leighton.

The house fire occurred in a one-story house in the 1000 block of 12th Street South.

The fire was reported at 10:16 p.m. by a 12-year-old boy, who was home alone. He told a dispatcher that the back porch of the house was on fire, Leighton said.

“Before we got there, we had some other calls that the house was very involved,” the battalion chief said.

The boy evacuated the house immediately, and responding firefighters were able to rescue four dogs that were inside.

“Two were under a bed and two were hiding behind a chair in the living room,” Leighton said.

Firefighters were able to get the fire under control within about a half-hour. They contained it to a laundry room and bathroom, but both of those rooms were heavily damaged by fire. There was smoke damage throughout the house.

Leighton said a neighbor offered to let the displaced family stay in an unoccupied house.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but the boy and neighbors reported hearing loud booms and crackling — possibly thunder and lightning — around the time the fire occurred. There were no other obvious causes, such as a barbecue, that might have ignited the covered porch.

A piece of the burning porch fell on the upper back of a firefighter battling the blaze, but he wasn’t seriously injured. FIrefighters cleared the scene by about 1 a.m.