House fire overnight causes minimal damage thanks to quick thinking of a 12-year old neighbor
Boise Firefighters were able to stop an overnight fire before much damage was caused to a home on the 2000 block of S. Hervey St. on the Boise bench. Firefighters also credit alert neighbors for calling the fire into 911 and helping the residents out of the home.
Firefighters were called just after midnight this morning by a neighbor reporting flames on the exterior of the single story home coming from a back corner. The first arriving firefighters called for a second alarm. However, those the additional resources were found they weren't needed fairly quickly. The first fire crews on scene were able to stop the progress of the fire just as it was beginning to gain access to the attic. Damage to the inside of the home was minimal.
When firefighters arrived at the home, they found the three women who live there safely outside thanks to the quick and alert actions of their neighbor. The Boise Fire Battalion Chief on scene learned a 12 year old boy who lives next door noticed the glare of the fire and called 911. The boy then woke his dad and the two began knocking on the door of the burning home. When no one answered, the boy began knocking on windows while his father broke through the front door. The father and son helped evacuate each of the three residents just as firefighters were arriving on scene.
"This father should be very proud of his son today. Father and son both did an extraordinary job helping their neighbors from what was a very dangerous situation," said Boise Fire Battalion Chief J.D. Ellis.
Fire investigators say the probable cause of the fire was the improper disposal of cigarettes in a planter adjacent to the structure. The cigarette caused the planter, then the home to catch fire.