Two dead in Payette house fire

PAYETTE, ID - UPDATE: The names of the two victims have been released.

Phil Skelly, and Darlene Skelly both died of acute carbon monoxide poisoning due to inhaled products of combustion.


Two people and four animals have died in a house fire at 170 South 19th Street in Payette. The fire was first reported about 11:45 pm Tuesday.

“Two adults, a male and a female both in the seventies, were pronounced dead at the scene,” said Payette County Coroner Keith Schuller. The victims’ names have not been released until all relatives have been notified, he added.

"I Just want to express our deepest sympathies to the family this is very tragic for them and our main focus is to try to provide them with answers," said Idaho State Fire Marshal Knute Sandahl. 

It took the Payette Fire Department 15 minutes to get the fire under control. Sandahl says freezing temperatures caused the closest fire hydrant freeze over forcing crews had to get water from another hydrant close to a block away.

"It wouldn't have to change the outcome the house was fully involved fire was through the roof upon their arrival and coming off three walls of the house," said Sandahl. 

Autopsies are scheduled for Thursday at 9 a.m. at the Ada County Coroner’s Office.

Two dogs and two cats also perished.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. 

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