Cabin fire near Tamarack Resort leaves four dead, one hospitalized

Posted at 12:55 PM, Jul 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-02 15:05:48-04

New information Saturday indicates a cabin fire near Tamarack Resort Friday was deadly. Valley County officials confirm four people were found inside the home deceased.

At approximately 10:06 pm, the Valley Sheriff’s Office 911 Center received multiple calls about a structure fire on Whitewater Drive in Donnelly.

Responders from Donnelly Fire, Cascade Fire, McCall Fire, Idaho State Police, US Forest Service Law Enforcement, Southern Idaho Timber Protection Association, and the Valley County Sheriff’s Office responded and found the structure was fully engulfed.

The units conducted suppression and scene control through the night and extinguished the fire.

William Smith, 46, Boise, was transported to St. Luke’s McCall Hospital and treated and released.

According to Smith’s statement, there could be possibly 4 victims in the residence.

The State Fire Marshal has confirmed locating 4 victims. No further information on the victims will be released at this time.

The State of Idaho Fire Marshal, Donnelly Fire Department, and the Valley County Sheriff’s Office are on scene and investigating this fire.

The Valley County Sheriff's Office says as more information is learned it will be collected and disseminated with a unified press release at noon 7/2/17.

The Valley County Sheriff’s Office is coordinating with the Idaho National Guard and Tamarack Municipal Association to provide assistance to anyone affected by this incident.

Brad Larsen, general manager for resort services at Tamarack Resort, today released the following statement related to a fatal structure fire at a home last night.


“I speak for the whole staff and community in saying that we’re stunned and deeply saddened by the fire and loss of life. We can only imagine what their family members are going through right now.


“We are working closely with local and state agencies that are investigating the cause of the fire, and will help them in any way that we can.


“I’d like to thank the Donnelly Fire Department and the other area fire departments who provided mutual aid; the Valley County Sheriff’s Office, the Idaho State Police and the numerous other state and federal law agencies for their prompt response to this tragic situation.”