Early morning fire leaves Boise family homeless
Fire investigators are searching through the collapsed rubble of a trailer home trying to figure out what started a fire that has left a family of five homeless.
Firefighters were called at 6:47 a.m. by residents of the home in the Blue Valley Jack Trailer Park. When firefighters arrived on scene they were told all five adults who lived in the home were safely outside. However, a family dog appears to have been lost in the fire.
Firefighters saw significant smoke coming from the single-wide trailer that had several extra rooms built on. Racing fuels were being stored in one of the built on rooms adding fuel to the flames. The trailer also contained an oxygen tank and the belongings of the five adults who lived there. With the extra fuels and belongings inside the trailer home, access inside was difficult for firefighters so they attacked the flames from the outside. Firefighters were able to keep the fire from spreading to others homes nearby but damage to the trailer home involved is extensive.
Investigators say it appears the fire started beneath a back bedroom. However that portion of the trailer has collapsed so identifying a specific cause has yet to be determined and will be a very difficult task.
Boise Fire Union Local 149 Burnout Fund did respond this morning and is helping the family with immediate needs, including financial assistance and vouchers for food and a hotel.