‘Aggressive fire’: Blaze believed to have started from pickup truck

Fruitland firefighters work to extinguish a blaze on a home in the 1500 block of North Pennsylvania on Wednesday afternoon.

FRUITLAND — There were no injuries during a house fire on Wednesday afternoon in Fruitland, although the home was “severely damaged,” according to the fire chief.

Fruitland Fire Department responded to a house fire at about 1:45 p.m. at a single-family home in the 1500 block of North Pennsylvania.

Fruitland Fire Chief Jerry Campbell said — pending an investigation from the resident’s insurance adjustor — he would consider the home a “total loss.”

Campbell said that while no ignition source has been officially identified, a pickup truck belonging to the resident is what is believed to have been the “point of origin” for the fire. Campbell said that the truck and adjacent carport were “fully engulfed in flames when we got there. It was a pretty aggressive fire.”

After consuming the carport, the fire burst up through the attic of the residence before first responders began tackling the blaze.

Neighbors reported hearing multiple “boom” sounds, surrounded by very high flames.

Campbell explained that Idaho Power arrived to cut off the power to the residence and Intermountain Gas was present to ensure there was no natural gas line running to the house, there was not.

While no injuries were reported, Campbell said the residents are currently displaced, but added they received some funds from the “burnout fund” to assist the residents in purchasing clothing and other essentials during this time. Campbell also said that the residents were given the phone number for the local Red Cross to further provide them with necessary aid.

Traffic had to be diverted around the home and street, as police closed the surrounding streets and directed drivers to take alternate routes.

The Fruitland School District was notified of the street closures that would be impacted by the fire to ensure students would get home in a timely manner.

The department did not call for mutual aide as previously reported.

Griffin Hewitt is a news reporter at The Argus Observer. He can be reached at (541) 823-4814 or by emailing griffinh@argusobserver.com. To comment on this story, go to www.argusobserver.com.

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