Canyon County

Two families displaced by Nampa house fire; elderly woman rescued by heroic efforts of two men

An elderly Nampa woman suffered burns in a fire at her home Monday night — but she might have suffered a worse fate if not for two men who pulled her out of the house.

The woman’s neighbor and a teenager kicked in the back door to rescue the woman, Nampa Fire Battalion Chief Todd Banta said.

“That is amazing ... I have no doubt, if they hadn’t removed her we might have had a casualty,” Banta said. The woman was taken to a local hospital for treatment of burns on her arm.

The fire was in a single-story house in the 2300 block of South Garland Street, near Skyview High School.

The fire started in the elderly woman’s house. Her son escaped out the front of the house, Banta said. No one else was home at the time of the fire.

“There were a couple of explosions prior to our arrival,” Banta said. He said they determined oxygen tanks in the garage were the source of the explosions.

The house was fully involved, so firefighters fought the fire from the exterior only. The fire spread to the attic of a house to the south.

Firefighters entered the second house and worked to contain the fire to the attic. They were able to save the property inside that house, Banta said.

Two families were displaced by the fires — four people in the first house, two in the second. They were offered assistance from the fire department’s burnout fund.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Banta said it is not considered suspicious.