Investigators from the Meridian and Boise fire departments spent most of the night combing through the ashes of a home in the 1800 block of Northwest 13th Avenue looking for clues on how the fire started.
“Our investigators are still reviewing everything that they went through last night. We have an area that we suspect was the origin, but as far as cause we have no idea yet,” Meridian fire Chief Mark Niemeyer said late Tuesday morning.
The fire was reported at 9:14 p.m. Monday. Firefighters arrived to find flames burning in the attic and, after entering the home, in a back bedroom, the department said.
The woman who was injured, who has not been publicly identified, was found in another section of the home. She was reported as critically injured.
“We haven’t been able to interview her at all,” Niemeyer said. “ We’re still trying to figure out where she was when the fire started.”
The home had smoke detectors, but investigators so far have been unable to determine whether they were working at the time the fire started. A carbon monoxide detector inside the house was working and provided a reading for firefighters.
Twenty-two emergency responders responded to the fire with five Meridian fire engines, one Boise Fire Department ladder truck and an Ada County ambulance.
Crews remained at the residence until about 4:30 a.m. The house has been boarded up and emergency tape was spread around the perimeter to keep people out, in case investigators need to return to the residence, Niemeyer said.